13 miss­ing af­ter cargo ship sinks

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

THIR­TEEN crew mem­bers, in­clud­ing seven Chi­nese na­tion­als, on board a Belize-flagged cargo ship are miss­ing af­ter the ship col­lided with a fish­ing boat off Ja­pan’s north-east­ern pre­fec­ture of Ao­mori late on Satur­day, the Chi­nese con­sulate in Sap­poro said yes­ter­day.

Guo Xing 1, the 1 989-ton cargo ship with 14 crew on board, in­formed Ja­panese of­fi­cials af­ter it suf­fered a col­li­sion around 10.15pm lo­cal time on Satur­day about 12km off the coast of Rokkasho.

The col­li­sion caused wa­ter to en­ter the ship which sank about 10.35pm. The 13 miss­ing crew also in­cluded five Viet­namese and one Fil­ipino. One Viet­namese crew mem­ber was res­cued.

The Chi­nese con­sulate said it im­me­di­ately ac­ti­vated the emer­gency re­sponse mech­a­nism and con­tacted rel­e­vant Ja­panese de­part­ments to ob­tain in­for­ma­tion, ask­ing the Ja­pan Coast Guard and other rel­e­vant units to carry out search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tions.

By 10.45am yes­ter­day, Ja­pan had dis­patched six air­craft, six pa­trol ships and dozens of res­cuers to carry out res­cue op­er­a­tions, the con­sulate said.

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