Updated: 03/18/2014 12:16 | By Agence France-Presse

Eight Chinese crew missing after ships collide off Japan

One Chinese crew member was in a critical condition and eight others were missing after two cargo ships collided at the mouth of Tokyo Bay early Tuesday, Japan's coastguard said.


Eight Chinese crew missing after ships collide off Japan

A Japan Coast Guard boat near the international cargo terminal in Tokyo on May 22, 2013 - by Yoshikazu Tsuno

The Panamanian-flagged Beagle III, a 12,630-ton vessel carrying steel coil, sank after colliding with the South Korean-registered Pegasus Prime in the Uraga waterway. The accident happened at about 3:10 am (1810 GMT Monday).

Of the 20 Chinese crew aboard Beagle III, "twelve have been rescued, but one of them is in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest," said a coastguard official, adding that eight others were still missing.

Rescue personnel in Japan frequently use the term cardio-respiratory arrest before doctors officially pronounce death.

The Japanese coastguard had dispatched two helicopters and 19 patrol ships to search for the missing crew and rescuers were still searching nine hours after the accident, the official said.

The crew on the 7,406-ton Pegasus Prime -- six South Koreans and eight people from Myanmar -- were mostly unhurt, but two Koreans sustained minor injuries when they tried to lower a lifeboat, the Japanese official said.

The sea was not believed to be rough at the time of the collision, according to the coastguard.

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