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Fears for Chinese fishermen

TWELVE people were missing after a fishing vessel from the Chinese mainland collided with a Hong Kong tanker early yesterday in international waters some 400 kilometers north of the Oki Islands in west Japan, according to the Chinese Consulate-General in Osaka.

Four of the 16 crew members on board the fishing vessel have been rescued, while 12 others were still missing, said the consulate-general.

The Japan Coast Guard has set up a response unit and sent three patrol vessels to the area where the accident happened.

The consulate-general sent a working group to the scene to help with the rescue and is keeping contact with the Japan Coast Guard.

The fishing vessel was identified as the 290-ton Lurong Yuanyu 378.

The tanker was identified as Bright Oil Lucky, a 63,294-ton ship carrying 21 crew members.

The tanker’s crew were believed to be safe, a Japanese coast guard official said.

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