Three people are killed when Russian and Japanese ships collide at sea.
Following a collision with a Russian vessel, three Japanese crew members on board a fishing boat were murdered.
The causes of Wednesday’s event in the Sea of Okhotsk, some 14 miles from the Hokkaido port of Monbetsu, are being investigated.
The Russian fishing trawler Amur collided with the Japanese fishing schooner Hokko-Maru 8 at around 6 a.m. local time, according to the Russian Embassy in Japan.
The incident allegedly occurred in Japanese territorial waters, according to the statement.
“We truly regret what happened,” the Russian Embassy said in a statement. We send our heartfelt sympathies to the victims’ families and friends.
“We are in continual contact with the Japanese side, detailing all of the incident’s details. The appropriate authorities, we hope, will be neutral and unbiased.”
According to the Kyodo News agency, there were five persons aboard the Japanese vessel who were unable to move out of the path in time because they were gathering crabs with ropes.
The Russian tanker, which was hauling fish from Sakhalin in Russia’s Far East to Mombetsu, had 23 crew members on board, according to the agency.
According to Kyodo News, the dead include Masayoshi Numahata, a 64-year-old chief engineer, as well as Shunsuke Konno, 39, and Masatoshi Inoue, 37, both deckhands. The other two people on board were rescued alive and carried to land, with one of them suffering minor injuries.
According to preliminary data, the disaster may have been caused by “challenging weather circumstances,” according to a representative for Russia’s Marine Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
“(Poor) visibility in the crash area prevented the crews from visually identifying each other,” the agency said in a statement to Russian news agency Interfax.
“In particular, it is necessary to establish whether the equipment warning of a dangerous approach was available and worked on the ships, and what actions both teams took,” the MRCC spokesperson added.
There had been a dense fog warning off Mombetsu port at the time. Japan’s maritime safety department has sent patrol ships to the area as part of its investigation.
The Russian vessel is owned by the Amurskoye fishing company and is registered in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. A company spokesperson. This is a brief summary.