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2 critical after fishing boat collides with Japanese navy vessel

Published on Jan 15, 2014 10:58 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - Two people were critically ill on Wednesday after their fishing boat collided with a Japanese naval vessel in waters between two of the country’s main islands, officials said.

Television footage showed the upturned hull of a small fishing boat in the Seto Inland Sea off Hiroshima after what the coastguard said was a collision at around 8:00 am (7:00 am Singapore time) with the 8,900-ton Osumi, a naval transport ship.

All four people aboard the fishing boat were pulled from the water.

A coastguard spokesman said two of them were conscious, but the other two – including the captain – were in cardio-respiratory arrest. The term is usually used by first responders of people who have died but have not yet been certified by a doctor.

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