London: A South Korean naval ship with 104 people onboard has been sunk off North Korea”s west coast in what is being described as a suspected torpedo attack by North Korea.
According to local media, the ship – currently not named – went down near Baengnyeong Island, killing “several”.
The Sun quoted South Korean media as saying that a South Korean naval ship with more than 100 on board was sinking in the waters off the west coast near North Korea and a rescue operation is under way.
The report added that the South Korean ship had fired shots at an unidentified ship in the North.
While the incident has not been confirmed by South Korean Government officials, the country’s YTN TV network said an emergency security meeting is being held.
It added the government is investigating whether the sinking was due to a torpedo attack by North Korea.
The network also quoted a government source saying it was “unclear” whether the incident was related to North Korea.
“We are currently focusing on rescuing people,” the source said.
The incident took place near a disputed Yellow Sea maritime border off the west coast of the peninsula that was the scene of two deadly naval fights between South and North Korea in the past decade.