South Korean Tanker Capsizes Off Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Pref.; 8 of 11 on Board Dead, 2 Missing (Update 5)

A South Korean-flagged tanker that capsized off Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, is seen on Wednesday morning.

An emergency call was made to rescue the South Korean-flagged tanker Keoyoung Sun (870 tons) that was near the west side of Mutsure Island off Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, at around 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, saying: “The ship has tilted due to bad weather. We are in need of rescue.”

According to the Moji Coast Guard Office, four patrol vessels saw a capsized vessel in the area. Eleven non-Japanese sailors are believed to have been on board. Nine of them were rescued as of 5 p.m. Eight of them were confirmed dead. One is likely to survive. Two are still missing.

The Yomiuri Shimbun