SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Officials say a South Korean cargo
ship has sunk after being rocked by an explosion off the country's
west coast, leaving three people dead and eight others missing.
Coast guard officer Ko Jae-young says 11 South Korean and five
Myanmar crewmen were aboard the 419-ton ship when the explosion
occurred for an unknown reason Sunday.
Ko says five people were rescued and searchers are trying to
locate those missing.
He says the ship usually carried chemicals but was empty when it
The incident occurred relatively far from the tense sea border with North Korea and the coast guard doesn't suspect the North was
North Korea is accused of torpedoing a South Korean warship in
2010, killing 46 sailors. The North has denied involvement.