UPDATE: September 27, 10:20PM – It has now been confirmed that five of the six missing crew members were found dead inside the capsized boat. A search and rescue operation by the Japan Coast Guard is still ongoing to for the sixth missing crew member.
Two cargo ships collided near the Izu Oshima Island south of Tokyo on early Friday morning. The Japan Coast Guard is continuing their search for six missing crew members from the smaller of the two ships involved in the accident. No fatalities have been reported at this time, although search and rescue operations are still underway.
The Japanese ship Eifukumaru No.18 was found capsized in the waters after it collided with the Sierra Leone-registered Jia Hui, according to coast guard spokesperson Yoshiyuki Terakado. The scene of the accident was 11 kilometers (7 miles) west of the island, which is 100 kilometers south of Tokyo. The coast guard sent patrol boats and helicopters to search for the six crew members, which included skipper Shingo Okawa, 62, and deputy skipper Tomokai Takai, 40.
Meanwhile, early reports indicate that the 12 Chinese and 1 Malay crew of the Jia Hui are safe and suffered no life-threatening injuries. Their ship also seemed to have not suffered any major damage. The 2,962-ton Jia Hui was on its way to Busan, South Korea after leaving the port in Kawasaki, Japan. Meanwhile, the 498-ton Eifuku Maru No. 18 was traveling to Ichikawa from Nagoya, which is in central Japan. They were carrying steel to be delivered to Chiba, east of Tokyo.
[ via USA Today ]
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