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One dead, three missing after cargo ship sinks off Japan

AFP  |  Tokyo 

One crew member was killed and three were missing after a sank following an overnight collision with another ship off Japan, the and reported.

Japan-flagged cargo Senshomaru and Sumihomaru collided around 2:10 am Sunday (1710 GMT Saturday) in Pacific waters off prefecture, local official told AFP.

"Senshomaru seems to have sunk at the scene of the collision. patrol boat Matsushima rescued the of Senshomaru," Kawaguchi said.

The Senshomaru was later found on the seabed at a depth of 30 meters near the site of the collision, and the body of one of the missing crew members was found inside, Japan's and reported.

All four crew on the 499-tonne Sumihomaru were safe after the collusion. There were no details immediately available about the scale of the damage it had suffered, officials said.

Dense fog was covering the area at the time of the accident, Kawaguchi said, adding that had been seen in the water around the

The Senshomaru was carrying 1,600 tonnes of from Kashima in eastern to Osaka, Japan's western commercial hub, he said.

The Coast Guard launched five patrol vessels, a helicopter, and a special search-and-rescue unit to find the missing men, while another special unit was working to contain the leak, Kawaguchi said.

The and the missing crew members are all Japanese men, he added.

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First Published: Mon, May 27 2019. 01:00 IST