Cargo ships crash off Japan, 6 crew missing-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
TOKYO -- Two cargo ships collided south of Tokyo, Japan early Friday, leaving six crew missing.
Coast guard spokesman Yoshiyuki Terakado said the Eifuku Maru No. 18 Japanese ship capsized after it crashed with the Sierra Leone-registered Jia Hui about 11 kilometers (7 miles) west of Izu Oshima Island.
The coast guard sent patrol boats and helicopters to search for the missing crews of the smaller ship, including skipper Shingo Okawa, 62, and deputy skipper Tomokai Takai, 40.
12 Chinese and one Malay onboard the Jia Hui appear to be safe, but details are still being confirmed.
The 498-ton Eifuku Maru No. 18 was traveling from Nagoya, central Japan, to Ichikawa, east of Tokyo.
The 2,962-ton Jia Hui was headed from Kawasaki, Japan, to Busan, South Korea. (AP)