5 Vietnamese missing in ship collision off Japan’s Aomori

Thirteen crew members including seven Chinese nationals onboard a Belize-flagged cargo ship are missing after the ship collided with a fishing boat off Japan's northeastern prefecture of Aomori late Saturday.

The 13 missing crew also included five Vietnamese and one Filipino. One Vietnamese crew member was rescued.

Guo Xing 1, the 1,989-ton cargo ship with 14 crew onboard, informed the Japanese side after it suffered a collision at around 10:17 p.m. local time Saturday about 12 km off the coast of Rokkasho.

The Chinese consulate general said it immediately activated the emergency response mechanism and contacted relevant Japanese departments to obtain information, asking the Japan Coast Guard and other relevant units to carry out search and rescue. All 15 crew of the fishing boat were unharmed.

Source: VOV5