S. Korean Ship Burning Off Antarctica

3 killed, 37 rescued after fire sweeps through fishing vessel
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2012 11:20 PM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2012 12:21 AM CST
The South Korean fishing boat Jung Woo 2 is sinking off the coast of Antarctica.   (AP Photo/CCAMLR)

(Newser) – Three crew members were killed and several others severely burned when a fire swept through the living quarters of a South Korean fishing boat near Antarctica. The Jung Woo 2's sister ship managed to save 37 crew members from the stricken vessel, which is still burning and appears to be sinking, AP reports. An American research vessel with onboard medical facilities is rushing to help the injured seamen, who will be transported to the US McMurdo Station Antarctic base 370 miles away. (Read more fishing boat stories.)

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