Of the twenty Chinese crew members of a Taiwanese-owned freighter that crashed into another ship in Tokyo bay on Monday, twelve have been rescued, eight are still missing, and one has died. The Japanese Coast Guard is continuing its search for the remaining crew members.
The Chinese-run Beagle III, a 130-meter freighter carrying steel coils, crashed into a South Korean ship called the Pegasus Prime, a 127-meter ship carrying shipping containers. The Pegasus Prime’s crew, which was comprised of six Koreans and eight Burmese, have all been rescued, although two were injured while lowering a life-craft.
The Japanese Coast Guard is working in overdrive to search for the missing Chinese crew. If they can’t locate the missing members—or if they somehow ‘Malaysia’ it, and send contradictory messages and start to piss people off—we may see some of China’s lovely vitriol towards its easterly neighbor start to overflow once again.
[Image via SCMP]