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8 Dead After South Korean Chemical Tanker Capsizes Off Japan's Coast

The tanker was carrying 980 tonnes of acrylic acid. (Representational)


Eight individuals died after a South Korean-flagged tanker capsized off Japan on Wednesday, the coast guard stated, reversing its earlier statements that they had been rescued.

“They had been confirmed useless at a hospital,” a spokesman instructed information company AFP. One different particular person was in a non-life-threatening situation whereas two others remained lacking.

The chemical substances tanker had 11 individuals on board together with two South Koreans, eight Indonesians and one Chinese language, the coast guard stated.

The tanker was carrying 980 tonnes of acrylic acid, however there was no info on whether or not that compound had leaked into the ocean, in line with the coast guard.

Footage from Japanese broadcaster NHK confirmed the overturned pink hull of the ship in addition to a life raft, as a coast guard ship pounded by heavy waves and a helicopter flew overhead.

The crew notified the coast guard early on Wednesday that the vessel was tilting and requested assist close to the island of Mutsure, off Japan’s southwestern coast, NHK stated.

The Japan Coast Guard acquired the rescue name quickly after 7:00 am (2200 GMT Tuesday) saying that the ship was “tilting, please assist us”, the spokesman stated.

NHK named the vessel because the Keoyoung Solar, which specialist web site stated is a chemical and oil merchandise tanker in-built 1996, measuring 69 metres (226 toes) in size.

The ship’s operator declined to remark.

Japan was being buffeted by robust winds on Wednesday with excessive waves and heavy snow forecast within the coming days particularly alongside mountainous areas.

Gusts of as much as 126 kilometres (78 miles) per hour had been anticipated in a number of areas, NHK reported.

Earlier this month, a South Korean fishing boat carrying 9 crew, together with seven Indonesians, capsized off the nation’s southern coast, leaving six lacking.

The vessel overturned in waters 68 kilometres (42 miles) south of an island within the coastal metropolis of Tongyeong early Saturday morning, in line with South Korea’s Yonhap information company.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered related authorities to “do their greatest to avoid wasting lives by mobilising all obtainable personnel and gear, together with navy and fishing boats,” his workplace stated in an announcement.

The boat that capsized had set sail from the nation’s southernmost island of Jeju on Thursday morning, and was engaged in fishing, Yonhap stated.

The information company stated patrol boats, navy vessels, and plane have been deployed for the continued search efforts.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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