This is a developing story but here’s the initial Reuters alert:

A South Korean naval vessel with more than 100 aboard was sinking on Friday in waters near North Korea and Seoul was investigating whether it was hit in a torpedo attack by the North, South Korean media said.

More from Yonhap:

The 1,500-ton ship sank between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. near the island, but the cause of the accident was unknown, the officials said. A rescue operation was underway, they added.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, they said, adding there was an unspecified explosion in the rear of the ship.

The South Korean government has convened an emergency meeting of security-related ministers, according to the officials.


South Korea isn’t takingng any chances as they move into the area:

The South Korean navy has reportedly fired shots at unidentified ships in the direction of North Korea as it investigates whether a sinking vessel in its fleet was struck by a torpedo Friday.

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