The Japan Coast Guard reportedly dispatched helicopters and patrol vessels to search for two individuals who had gone missing after two cargo vessels collided off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture on 24 August.
The accident was caused by the Japanese vessel Izumi Maru, which sank in the Kii Channel, approximately 15 kilometres from Hidaka.
Three crew members of Izumi Maru, in their 30s–70s, were also rescued by other cargo vessels registered in Liberia.
However, the whereabouts of the two other members of the crew, in their 50s and 60s, were unknown on the morning of 25 August.
The Liberia-flagged vessel radioed the fifth Regional Coast Guard Headquarters close to 11:30 p.m. on 24 August regarding the collision.
Zero injuries were reported on the cargo vessel.
The 75-meter-long vessel, Izumi Maru, is owned by Izumi Kaiun, a shipping major based in Tokyo.
Per Izumi Kaiun, Izumi Maru departed from Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture on 22 August and was scheduled to reach Okayama Prefecture on 25 August morning, loaded with scrap metal.
References: The Asahi Shimbun, .daijiworld.com
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