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Friday, September 27, 2013


Japan’s coast guard was searching Friday for six crew of a Japanese cargo ship that capsized after colliding with a Sierra Leone-registered vessel.

The Eifukumaru No. 18 was found capsized in waters off Izuoshima island, around 100 kilometers south of Tokyo by patrol boats and a plane that had been dispatched to the area, a spokesman said.

“We are still searching for six crew members, all Japanese, who were on a vessel carrying steel from Nagoya to Chiba,” he said, adding that the Sierra Leone-registered ship was not in danger.

© 2013 AFP