Six missing after Japanese cargo ship capsizes

Japan's coastguard was searching Friday for six crew of a Japanese cargo ship that capsized after colliding with a Sierra Leone-registered vessel.

Japan’s coastguard was searching Friday for six crew of a Japanese cargo ship that capsized after colliding with a Sierra Leone-registered vessel.

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AFP – Japan’s coastguard was searching Friday for six crew of a Japanese cargo ship that capsized after colliding with a Sierra Leone-registered vessel.

The Eifukumaru No.18 was found capsized in waters off Japan’s Izuoshima island, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Tokyo by patrol boats and a plane that had been dispatched to the area, a spokesman said.

“We are still searching for six crew members, all Japanese, who were on a vessel carrying steel from Nagoya to Chiba,” he said, adding that the Sierra Leone-registered ship was not in danger.

24 dead, hundreds missing in Philippine ferry disaster

Rescuers in helicopters and boats were on Saturday desperately searching for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank in the Philippines, with at least 24 already confirmed killed.

Phillipine ferry crash

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CEBU, Philippines – Rescuers in helicopters and boats were on Saturday desperately searching for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank in the Philippines, with at least 24 already confirmed killed.

The Thomas Aquinas ferry was carrying 870 passengers and crew when it collided with a cargo ship on Friday night in calm waters near the port of Cebu, the Philippines’ second biggest city, authorities said.

While 572 people had been rescued by Saturday morning, 24 bodies had been retrieved and 274 were still unaccounted for, Rear Admiral Luis Tuason, vice commandant of the Philippine coastguard, told AFP.

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