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.