3 dead after Japanese fishing boat collides with Russian ship

Kyodo News

Posted at May 26 2021 12:15 PM

SAPPORO, Japan - A Japanese fishing boat collided with a 662-ton Russian ship and capsized off Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Wednesday, leaving three crew members dead, local authorities said.

The five-crew-member boat belonging to a fishery cooperative based in Hokkaido's Monbetsu was catching hairy crabs at the time of the collision at around 6 a.m. with the Russian vessel, named Amur, which had 23 crew members, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

Among the three casualties, one was the chief engineer in his 60s and the two others were in their 30s, it said.

Of the remaining two, one was slightly injured and the other was unhurt, according to local fire fighters.

==Kyodo

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