Two cargo ships collided off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture in western Japan, leaving two people missing. The collision occurred between a 499-ton Japanese cargo ship called Izumi Maru and a Liberian-registered cargo vessel in the Kii Channel. The Japan Coast Guard’s Fifth Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Kobe reported that five crew members from the Izumi Maru went missing after the collision. However, three of them were later rescued by the Liberian-registered vessel. The rescued crew members were sent to the hospital but are not in a life-threatening condition. The Japan Coast Guard is currently searching for the remaining two missing crew members, who are in their 50s and 60s. There have been no reports of injuries to the crew of the Liberian-flagged ship.
The collision between the two cargo ships resulted in the capsizing of the Izumi Maru. The cause of the collision is currently unknown. The Japan Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the incident.
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