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13 Chinese, Vietnamese nationals missing off Japan after ship collision

By AFP   February 29, 2020 | 10:00 pm PT
13 Chinese, Vietnamese nationals missing off Japan after ship collision
The Belize-flagged cargo ship Guoxing 1 that sank of the coast of Japan on February 29, 2020. Photo courtesy of marinetraffic.com.
More than a dozen crew members of a cargo ship are missing after it collided with a fishing boat in waters off northern Japan, a coast guard official said on Sunday.

The 1,989-tonne Belize-flagged cargo ship Guoxing 1 was carrying some 3,000 tonnes of iron scrap and rapidly took in water after the hit, Japan Coast Guard spokesman Tomoyuki Hanzawa said.

The collision between the Guoxing 1 and a 138-tonne Japanese fishing boat happened around 10 p.m. GMT on Saturday and the cause is unknown, he added.

The Guoxing 1 had a crew of 14 Chinese and Vietnamese nationals, of which 13 are still missing and the coast guard is searching for them, Hanzawa said.

One Vietnamese crew member was rescued by a nearby ship, while the 15 Japanese crew members of the fishing boat are safe.

 
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