13 confirmed dead after Chinese fishing vessel collides with tanker

2017-10-06 12:38:25 GMT2017-10-06 20:38:25(Beijing Time) Agencies

Seven more bodies were found in the toppled Chinese fishing vessel after it collided with a tanker early Thursday, bringing the total death toll to 13, according to the Chinese Consulate General in Osaka.

The fishing vessel from the Chinese mainland collided with a tanker of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Thursday in international waters some 400 km north of the Oki Islands in western Japan.

Earlier, one of the 16 crew members on board of the fishing vessel was found dead, three were rescued by nearby fishing vessels, while 12 others were missing.

Three patrol vessels of the Japan Coast Guard have begun work since early Friday with frogmen sent to search for the missing people, said the consulate general.

Five bodies were found in the toppled Chinese fishing vessel on Friday morning and seven more were found in the afternoon.

The bodies have been transferred to another Chinese fishing vessel nearby.

The consulate general said it will continue to keep contact with the Japanese side to coordinate for the follow-up issues.

Earlier report:

Five people have been confirmed dead after a collision between a Chinese mainland fishing boat and a Hong Kong oil tanker, China Central Television reported on Friday.

The clash took place early Thursday morning in the international waters 400 kilometers north of Ja-pan's Oki Islands, Shimane prefecture.

Four people have been rescued as of Friday noon.

After receiving search requests from the Chinese side, the Japanese Coast Guard dispatched three pa-trol boats to the waters and discovered five victims' bodies inside the fishing boat Lurong Yuanyu 378. The bodies were tranferred to a nearby Chinese fishing boat to be identified.

According to the Chinese Consulate General in Osaka, 16 people were on the fishing boat when the clash took place and the consulate has already initiated a contingency plan to continue carrying out the rescue mission.

The 21 crewmembers of the oil tanker Brightoil Lucky, which was on its way to the Russian oil port of Kozmino at the time of the collision, were reportedly unharmed.

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