13 missing after cargo ship sinks
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.