Updated: 03/18/2014 07:50 | By Agence France-Presse

Nine Chinese missing after cargo ships collide off Japan

Nine Chinese crew members were missing after two cargo chips collided at the mouth of Tokyo Bay early Tuesday, Japan's coastguard said.


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.

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