Nine Chinese Missing after Cargo Ships Collide off Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture

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Nine Chinese crew members were missing after two cargo chips collided in waters off Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday, according to the Chinese Embassy in Japan.

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).

“Twenty crew members, all Chinese, were on board the Beagle, of whom 11 have been rescued,” a coastguard said.

Patrol ships and a helicopter were continuing to search for the missing crew members about five hours after the accident.

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.

This report compiled with information from AFP.