The Straits Times
Published on Sep 28, 2012

Chinese crew rescued as boat burns in Japan


TOKYO (AFP) - A dozen Chinese crew members were rescued by Japan's coastguard when their Panama-registered boat caught fire in a Japanese bay, an official said on Friday.

Television footage showed thick smoke pouring from the Hao Han, a 1,999-tonne cargo vessel, as the ship listed badly in waters off Osaka, in Western Japan.

Japan's coastguard, which has recently been heavily involved in a standoff with Beijing over disputed islands in the East China Sea, pulled the crew to safety and was tackling the blaze.

"There were no injuries among the crew," a coastguard spokesman said, adding the first information about the accident had come in on Thursday night.