Five Vietnamese missing after boat collision off Japan’s Aomori

Update: 00:00 | 02/03/2020
Five Vietnamese citizens are still missing after their cargo ship collided with a fishing boat in waters off northern Japan, the Japan Coast Guard reported Sunday.
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Guoxing 1 boat. (Photo: Poandpo)

The 1,989-ton Belize-flagged cargo ship Guoxing 1 was carrying some 3,000 tons of iron scrap and rapidly took in water after the accident some 12 km off the coast of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, Tomoyuki Hanzawa.

The collision between the Guoxing 1 and the 138-ton Japanese fishing boat happened around 10 p.m. Saturday and the cause is unknown.

The crew members of Guoxing 1 had 14 Vietnamese and Chinese and one Filipino, of which 13 are still missing.

Nguyen Van Hai, born in 1986 in Hai Phong City, was the only Vietnamese crew member rescued by a nearby ship and the 15 Japanese members of the fishing boat are safe.

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(Source: VGP)