Two cargo ships collided near the Tokyo Bay early Tuesday morning. A Panamanian vessel struck a South Korean-registered ship in the Uraga waterway, causing the former to sink.
The 12,630-ton Beagle III from Panama had steel coil on board when it hit the 7,406-ton Pegasus Prime from South Korea at around 3:10 AM local time on Tuesday. Authorities are yet to investigate the cause of the collision, as it was reported that the sea was not turbulent at the time of the incident. Twenty Chinese crew members were on board the Beagle when it sank, and “twelve have been rescued, but one of them is in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest,” according to a coastguard official. Some fear the crew member in critical condition may not make it, as rescuers in Japan commonly use the term “cardio-respiratory arrest” before the pronouncement of death.
Japan Coast Guard and navy officials have already sent two helicopters and 19 patrol ships to help with search and rescue operations for the eight missing crew members. However, nine hours after it took place, there was still no sign of the other eight. On the other hand, the crew of six South Koreans and eight from Myanmar on board the Pegasus Prime were unhurt. The only ones that suffered slight injuries were two Koreans who tried to use a lifeboat to get to safety after the collision.
[via Yahoo News]