Japanese fishing boat with crew of 22 hits cargo ship, 13 missing
News On Japan via Mainichi -- Sep 24
A Japanese fishing boat with a crew of 22 collided with a cargo vessel in the Pacific Ocean off eastern Japan in predawn hours Monday, leaving 13 of the crew missing, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The 119-ton Horiei Maru carrying 17 Japanese and five trainee Indonesians collided with the Panama-registered 25,047-ton Nikkei Tiger in waters about 900 kilometers east of Miyagi Prefecture around 2:30 a.m. and may have sunk, the 2nd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters said.
Nine of the 22 on board the Horiei Maru -- five Japanese and four Indonesians -- were rescued by another fishing boat around 7 a.m., the coast guard said, adding they are searching for the remaining 13.
The nine are reportedly uninjured.
The bow of the boat was spotted in the water at around 4:40 a.m., but a coast guard aircraft later could not find the boat.
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