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Ships crash off Japan coast, 6 crew missing

27 September 2013, 10:00

Tokyo - Two cargo ships collided south of Tokyo early on Friday, and the coast guard was searching for six crew missing from the smaller vessel.

The Japanese ship capsized after it crashed with the Sierra Leone-registered Jia Hui about 11km west of Izu Oshima Island, coast guard spokesperson Yoshiyuki Terakado said.

The coast guard sent patrol boats and helicopters to search for the missing, including skipper Shingo Okawa, aged 62, and deputy skipper Tomokai Takai, aged 40.

The Jia Hui and its 12 Chinese and one Malay crew appear to be safe, but details are 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


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