Nine people have been confirmed dead and two are still missing after a Panama-flagged cargo ship sunk in waters off Korea's southeastern port city of Pohang late Tuesday.
Coastguard officials said that high waves and strong winds hampered rescue efforts, but eight of the 19 crew members were rescued early Wednesday. One Vietnamese and 18 Chinese nationals were on board. The identities of the dead and rescued crew members have not been confirmed.
Officials said they believe the 8,000-ton ship was set adrift in choppy waters as it was not anchored properly near the Pohang port. There are also concerns the vessel, which was carrying over 100-tons of oil and diesel, could be spewing its load into the sea.