22 Feared Dead as Fishing Boat Sinks Off Antarctica 20 Saved from South Korea vessel By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Dec 13, 2010 1:20 AM CST 0 comments Comments The boat sank some 1,000 north of the McMurdo research station in Antarctica. (AP Photo/PNAS, A Lewis) (Newser) – A South Korean fishing vessel has sunk off the coast of Antarctica, with at least 22 men feared dead. Rescuers saved 20 and recovered 5 bodies, but held out no hope for the missing. Hypothermia sets in after some 10 minutes in the frigid waters, notes AP. It wasn't clear what caused the ship to sink approximately 1,000 miles north of the McMurdo research station in Antarctica. Three other fishing ships were nearby to provide assistance, reports CNN.