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Monday 21 April 2014

Five die as ships collide off Japan

A capsized Japanese freighter is seen as a Japan Coast Guard patrol boat conducts a search operation for missing crew members (AP/Kyodo News)

Two cargo ships have collided south of Tokyo, killing five people in one of the vessels, Japan's coast guard says. Rescuers are searching for a sixth missing crew member.

The Japanese-registered Eifuku Maru No 18 capsized after it collided crashed with the Sierra Leone-registered Jia Hui about 11 kilometres (seven miles) west of Izu Oshima island.

The coast guard sent patrol boats and helicopters to search for the crew. Five bodies were found inside the capsized boat.

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-ton Eifuku Maru was travelling 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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