12 missing after Chinese fishing boat collides with oil tanker near Japan
Twelve people aboard a fishing vessel from the Chinese mainland have gone missing after their boat collided with a Hong Kong oil tanker near Japan, Kyodo News reported on Thursday.
The Chinese Consulate-General in Osaka on Thursday afternoon confirmed that the incident occurred at around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday in the high seas off Japan’s western coast, some 400 kilometers north of the Oki Islands.
The Chinese vessel was identified as a 290-tonne ship with a total of 16 people on board. The Hong Kong oil tanker was identified as "Brightoil Lucky", a 63,294-tonne tanker carrying 21 crew members, according to Kyodo News.
Search and rescue operations are underway with three patrol boats from Japan's Coast Guard at the scene, according to the news agency.