A South Korean-flagged cargo ship may have sunk after colliding with a Panamanian-registered freighter early Tuesday in waters some 120 km southwest of Tokyo, the Japan Coast Guard said.
Photo taken on March 10, 2009 shows the Panamanian-registered freighter which collided with a South Korean-flagged cargo ship. The two ships collieded in waters some 120 km southwest of Tokyo on Tuesday.
The Yokohama-based Coast Guard and the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) dispatched ships and choppers to search for the supposedly sunken freighter, and found an unmanned rescue raft and several life jackets floating in the water.
The rain-caused low visibility of the area, some 13 km east of the Izu Oshima Island, was a key factor behind the accident, according to the coast guard.