Nine Chinese missing after cargo 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 container vessel, sank after colliding with the South Korean-registered Pagasus Prime in the Uraga waterway. The accident happened at about 3:10 am (1810 GMT Monday).
"Twenty crew members, all Chinese, were on board the Beagle, of whom 11 have been rescued," a coastguard official said.
Patrol ships and a helicopter were continuing to search for the missing crew members about five hours after the accident, the official said.
The crew on the 7,406-ton Pegasus Prime were unhurt.
The sea was not believed to be rough at the time of the collision, according to the coastguard.
MORE REGIONAL NEWS
Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn
The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso bord... More The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Ouagadougou said. Duration: 01:06
Date 20 mins ago, Duration 1:06, Views 0