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Monday, September 30, 2013

Japanese Cargo Ship Collision

On Friday, September 27, 2013, two cargo ships collided just south of Tokyo, killing five.

The Japanese-registered Eifuku Maru Number 18 capsized after it crashed with the Sierra Leone-registered Jia Hui about 11 kilometers west of Izu Oshima island, according to Japanese Coast Guard spokesman Terakado Yoshiyuki (surname first).

The coast guard sent patrol boats and helicopters to search for the crew. Five bodies were found inside the capsized boat late in the afternoon, but one crew member was still considered missing.

The Jia Hui’s 12 Chinese and one Malay crew were unharmed, and were being questioned aboard the ship about what had happened.

The 498-tonne Eifuku Maru was travelling from Nagoya, central Japan, to Ichikawa, east of Tokyo. The 2,962-tonne Jia Hui was headed from Kawasaki, Japan, to Busan, South Korea.

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