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13 missing Japan after Freight Boat, fishing Vessel collide

Over a dozen crew members of a cargo boat are missing after it collided with a fishing vessel in waters off northern Japan, a coast guard official said Sunday.

The 1,989-tonne Belize-flagged freight boat Guoxing 1 was carrying 3,000 tonnes of iron garbage and immediately took in water following the strike, Japan Coast Guard spokesman Tomoyuki Hanzawa told AFP.

The crash between the Guoxing 1 plus also a 138-tonne Japanese fishing vessel occurred about 10 pm (1300) GMT Saturday and the cause is unknown,” he added.

The Guoxing 1 had a team of 14 Vietnamese and Chinese nationals, of which 13 are still lacking along with the coast guard is looking for these, Hanzawa said.

1 Vietnamese team member was rescued from a nearby boat, although the 15 Japanese team members of the fishing vessel are secure.