Japanese and South Korean fishing boats collided in the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning, and 13 personnel aboard the latter were rescued, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported.
A senior Japanese government official said in Tokyo that he was told that the Japanese boat had sustained minor damage but its crew was safe.
The collision occurred at around 9:38 a.m. about 330 kilometers northeast of a pair of islets controlled by South Korea but claimed by Japan. The islets are called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan.
Involved in the collision was a 48-ton South Korean ship, the report said, quoting the South Korean Coast Guard. It added that the boat was sinking and that operations were under way to find more survivors.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that fishing boats in the area of the collision are engaged in rescue operations and that a Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel has also arrived there.
All — Kyodo News+