North Korean ship Jinlong7 was hit by fire yesterday afternoon off the island of Jeju in the East China Sea.
The Sierra Leone-registered vessel called the South Korean Coast Guard for help after a fire had broken out in the engine room. A helicopter was sent along with a patrol vessel, however the crew had managed to extinguish the fire by the time help had arrived. The 15 crew on board, all North Korean, were safe and rescued from the ship.
It is believed that a faulty fuel pipe caused the fire.
The vessel was on route to Shanghai from the port of Rajun, carrying 1200 tons of timber, when the incident occurred.