The second man injured from the Wednesday collision of a leisure fishing boat and a Maritime Self Defense Force transport vessel died early Thursday morning from the trauma sustained from the accident. On Wednesday morning, the captain of the fishing boat also died after the MSDF ship collided with the small boat, sending all four aboard the latter into the water.
66-year-old Koji Otake and the captain, 67-year-old Kiyoshi Takamori, were reported seriously hurt yesterday while the other two occupants of the boat escaped from injuries. With Otake and Takamori succumbing to their injuries, the death tally from the incident is two. The Japan Coast Guard will interview the crew of the 8,900-ton MSDF ship Osumi and try to raise the fishing vessel by today, as the investigation into the cause of the accident continues. The two collided at around 8 a.m. on Wednesday in the Seto Inland Sea, in western Japan off the coast of Hiroshima.
Authorities say that at the time of the accident, the weather was fair and the waters in the seas were calm. The Osumi, which was on its way to its regular inspection in a shipyard in Okayama, left the Kure base around 6:30 a.m. It was travelling in the same direction as the fishing boat, which left its berth in Hiroshima at around 7:10 a.m., heading to Kabuto Island. The MSDF vessel slowed down to make way for the smaller boat when the accident happened, throwing the four occupants into the water as the boat sank. They have not been able to determine the cause of the accident as of this time.
[ via The Mainichi ]