Three people are missing after a Japanese cargo ship sank early Friday following a collision with a foreign vessel in the Seto Inland Sea, western Japan, coast guard officials said.
pecifically, the accident, which occurred off Ehime Prefecture and involved the 11,454-ton Japanese ship Byakko and a 2,696-ton Marshall Islands-registered chemical tanker the Ulsan Pioneer was reported at around 11:55 p.m. Thursday. Eventually, the ship sank at around 2:45 a.m. Friday.
For the records, nine of the 12 people on board the Japanese ship have been rescued, while three are missing. Of the nine rescued, five were collected by a coast guard patrol vessel and four by a private container ship that was nearby, the office said.
Following the accident, the ship sustained significant damage to its bow but remains afloat.
According to Prince Kaiun Co. based in Kobe, which operates the Japanese ship, the 170-meter-long Byakko left port in Kobe in western Japan at 4:30 p.m. Thursday for Kanda in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan. It was carrying auto parts.
The chemical tanker left a Chinese port on Tuesday and was scheduled to arrive at Osaka port at 2 p.m. Friday.
Concluding, Coast Guard patrol ships and fishing boats are searching for the missing people.