Military rescuers on Saturday found the body of one of the 46 missing crew members of a South Korean warship that sank near the western sea border with North Korea last week, according to military officials quoted by Yonhap News Agency.
"The body of Senior Chief Petty Officer Nam Ki-hoonÂ was recovered at around 6:10 p.m. inside the mess hall of the 1,200-ton Navy corvette Cheonan," which sank March 26 in the Yellow Sea near the maritime border with North Korea, the news agency said.
The Cheonan sank after as-yet unexplained explosion. Fifty-eight men were rescued.
Meanwhile, the South Korean Coast Guard found a member of a fishing boat crew returning from a search for evidence in the CheonanÂ sinking. The 99-ton KumyangÂ 98 fishing boat - thought to have collided with a Cambodian-registered freighter - apparently went down late Friday, Yonhap said. Authorities were searching for the other crew members.
The crew member found was identified as 55-year-old Kim Jong-pyong.