South Korean Warship Sinks Near Border with North

About 40 sailors are believed missing after a South Korean warship sank near the border with North Korea, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said early Saturday local time, quoting unidentified military officials.

Forty-six sailors were missing after a South Korean warship with 104 people on board sank near the North Korean border following an unexplained explosion, a military spokesman said on Saturday.

Military vessels continued to search for survivors near Baengnyeong Island, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) northwest of Seoul, an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the South Korean capital said today by telephone. Why the ship sank remains unclear, said the official, who declined to be named, citing government policy. Rescuers pulled 58 crew from the water.