North Korean crew missing after capsize off South

A maritime policeman (R) rescues a North Korean crew member from a Mongolian-flagged cargo ship that sank in the sea off Yeosu on 4 April 2014 in this picture provided by Yeosu Maritime Police and released by Yonhap news agency Three crew members were rescued from the ship, but two were found dead and 11 more remain missing

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A ship carrying North Korean sailors has sunk off South Korea, killing at least two people.

Sixteen sailors were on board the Mongolian-flagged cargo ship that went down off the southern coast of South Korea.

Three of the crew have been rescued, South Korean officials said. A search was under way for the remaining 11 crew members.

The vessel was heading from North Korea to China with a cargo of steel.

South Korea's coast guard said 13 vessels and six aircraft were involved in the search.

It is not clear what caused the ship, which sent a distress call in the early hours of Friday, to sink.

South Korea generally returns North Korean sailors who encounter trouble in its waters, if they want to return.

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