Two cargo ships collided in the Kuroshima Strait off the coast of Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. One of them sank and the whereabouts of the two crew members were unknown.
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[Central News Agency] Two cargo ships collided in the Kuroshima Strait off the coast of Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Japan on the evening of the 2nd. One of them sank, and the whereabouts of two crew members were unknown.
The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) reported that the Imabari Maritime Security Department stated that at around 7:30 p.m. The "Kyoei Maru" (499 tons) collided off the south side of Okamura Island in Imabari City.
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Nearly 9 o'clock in the evening, the SEIRYU sank, and 3 of the 5 people on board were rescued, and the whereabouts of the other 2 people are unknown.
The rescued 3 people were conscious and non-life-threatening, but one of them developed hypothermia and was sent to the hospital for treatment.
The four people on board the Xingyong Maru were all fine.
Japan's "Mainichi Shimbun" reported that the Ministry of Coastal Security has dispatched 3 patrol boats to search and rescue the missing 2 crew members and investigate the cause of the accident.
The SEIRYU collided with limestone on its way from Tsukumi City, Oita Prefecture to Kasaoka City, Okayama Prefecture.