Cargo Ship and Fishing Vessels Collide Leaving 1 Dead, 1 Missing

By MarEx 2013-02-25 10:14:00

A Taiwanese cargo ship collided with two Japanese fishing boats on Monday, causing them to capsize in western Japan’s Osaka Bay – leaving one dead and one missing.

The two fishing vessels, operated by a total crew of 4, reportedly hit the WAN HAI in the early hours of Monday morning.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry has confirmed that the 21 crew members aboard the freighter were unharmed, but the four aboard the Japanese boats were thrown into the water. Three were rescued and then rushed to the hospital for treatment, while one died shortly after arriving. The Japanese Coast Guard was still searching for the fourth fisherman, according to The Japan Daily Press.

Since the collision occurred in Japanese waters, the country is responsible for the investigation into how this incident occurred.

Wan Hai Lines shipping company stated that they were notified of the collision early Monday morning, but had no information about the cause.