South Korean Ship Sinks, 40 Missing

Many are feared dead after a South Korean naval ship sank near the country’s border with North Korea, further raising tensions between the two Asian countries. Reports said around 40 people are still missing even as 58 others were pulled out safe from the stricken “Cheonan,” which was patrolling near the South Korean island of Baekryeong when it began to sink.

Panic ensued after it was reported that the ship may have been attacked, prompting South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to call an emergency meeting and send troops to the scene of the incident. A report by South Korea’s Yonhap said six navy ships and several helicopters were dispatched to help rescue the sailors.

The South Korean military has yet to confirm if there were any deaths, but newspaper Yonhap reported that there were several deaths among the sailors aside from the 40 or so who are missing. The incident comes on the same day that the North Korean government warned of “unpredictable strikes” against South Korea and the United States. Authorities are still investigating what exactly caused the ship to sink.