Two cargo ships collided off the coast of the city of Imabari in Japan, after which two sailors went missing. On Friday, February 3, the NHK TV channel reports.
The incident occurred the night before near the Kurushima Strait. The multi-ton ship Seiryu, carrying more than 2 thousand tons of limestone, crashed into the cargo ship Koei-maru, after which it capsized and sank. Of the five crew members of the Seiryu, three were rescued, and two others, including the captain, are being sought by emergency services.
Meanwhile, the Koei-maru under its own power reached the nearest port, despite serious damage. All four people on board the ship are alive, nothing threatens their health.
The circumstances of the incident are being investigated.
Earlier, on January 25, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship sank in southwestern Japan. The ship sank 110 kilometers west of the Danjo Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture. According to the Coast Guard, there were 14 Chinese nationals and 8 Myanmar nationals on board. Two people died in the crash, NHK said.