Posted on November 16, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
A Japanese and a South Korean fishing trawler collided in the Sea of Japan, in the morning of November the 15th.
The collision occurred at approximately 9:38 am, about 180 nautical miles (330 kilometres) northeast of the disputed South Korean controlled Takeshima islets (known as Dokdo Islets in South Korea).
The 48-tonne South Korean crawler started sinking, and its crew members were thrown overboard as a result of the collision.
Authorities on both sides, alongside private vessels in the area, commenced a search and rescue operation and managed to save 13 sailors, however, they are still searching for more survivors.
The Japanese vessel had eight people on board at the time of the collision, and all are considered safe and sound, according to the fishing cooperative to which the fishing boat belongs. The Japanese vessel only sustained minor damage as a result of the incident.
According to the local coast guard, the weather was clear, and the sea was calm at the time of the collision.
South Korea has sent a helicopter and a patrol ship to the area, in order to investigate further as to the cause of the accident.
The Japanese Coast Guard has also opened an investigation on their end.
The matter might strike up some controversy, seeing as the collision occurred in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.