Typhoon Bolaven pounds South Korea, smashes ships; 8 dead The powerful Pacific storm has brought down church spires. Seoul is in danger and North Korea is next in the tempest’s path.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Two Chinese fishing boats fight with high waves near a port on the southern island of Jeju, South Korea, as major typhoon Bolaven reaches the shore.
SEOUL, South Korea — A powerful typhoon pounded South Korea with strong winds and heavy rain Tuesday as it churned up rough seas that smashed two fishing ships into rocks, killing at least five fishermen and forcing the coast guard to perform a daring rescue for the survivors.
Rescuers saved 12 fishermen and were still searching for 10 missing from the Chinese ships that hit rocks off South Korea’s southern Jeju island.
Separately, at least three other people died as Typhoon Bolaven knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of South Koreans, canceled flights and temporarily halted joint war games by U.S. and South Korean military forces.
North Korea, which is still struggling to rebuild from massive floods and a devastating drought before that, was next in the typhoon’s path. State media reported the country was being lashed by heavy rain and strong wind Tuesday.