South Korean coastguard officers have spent the day searching for a cargo ship carrying 16 North Korean crew that sank off the South's southern coast in the early hours of Friday morning.
The bodies of two North Korean sailors have been recovered, but eleven are still missing and presumed dead.
The coastguard, backed by helicopters and civilian cargo ships, had to battle against strong winds and high waves during their search today.
The three crew members that were rescued have been receiving hospital treatment on the southern resort island of Jeju.
The Mongolian-flagged freighter, with a cargo of iron ore and copper powder, was sailing from North Korea to China when it sank some 60 kilometers southeast of the southern port city of Yeosu.
The South Korean government says discussions are under way on repatriating the survivors.
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