TOKYO, July 22 (Xinhuanet) -- One Chinese crew member died and eight remained
missing following a collision between two ships early Friday off Japan's eastern
coast, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The accident took place at around 5:10 a.m.(2010 GMT) about 10 kilometers
south-southwest of Cape Inubosaki in the Chiba prefecture, neighboring Tokyo in
The Wei Hang 9, a 3,947-ton freighter registered in Malta with 21 Chinese
crew members, sank, the coast guard said. The other ship is a
Japanese-registered 499-ton freighter, which survived the accident and no crew
member aboard was injured.
The victim died of serious injures in the hospital after being rescued.
The Japan Coast Guard has sent ships and aircraft for
the research and rescue operation, while the cause of the accident has yet to be