The Straits Times
Published on Sep 24, 2012

2 ships collide off Japan, 13 fishermen missing


TOKYO (AP) - Japan's coast guard says 13 crew members are missing from a 22-man fishing vessel after it collided with a much larger cargo ship off northeast Japan.

The 119-ton Horiei Maru and the 25,047-ton Nikkei Tiger collided about 900km east of Sendai around 2.30am (1.30am, Singapore time) on Sunday.

An official at the Shiogama Coast Guard office near Sendai said the smaller vessel may have sunk.

Mr Osamu Nishikawa said the coast guard sent two planes to look for survivors.