Two Missing After South Korean Boat and Panamanian Tanker Collide
TOKYO (AP) _ A South Korean fishing vessel sank shortly after a collision with a small Panamanian tanker on Monday, and two fishing crew members are missing, Japan’s coast guard said.
Keiko Nonaka, spokeswoman for the local Maritime Safety Agency in Kitakyushu, 560 miles southwest of Tokyo, said Tuesday the 996-ton West Princess and the 20-ton Sung-Young collided 42 miles southwest of Tsushima, a Japanese island between Kitakyushu and Pusan, South Korea.
She said the tanker rescued three of the five crew from the Sung-Young and that no serious injuries were reported among the three or among the tanker’s crew of 12. She said South Korean authorities were searching for the two missing men.
The ocean was calm at the time of the collision and coast guard officials had yet to determine how the accident occurred, she added.
The tanker, carrying ethylene, was bound from Qinhuangdao, China, to Toyohashi in central Japan, and the fishing boat was headed for South Korea’s southern island of Cheju, said Ms. Nonaka.