Japanese Patrol Vessel Collides with N. Korean Fishing Boat
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Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol vessel collided with a North Korean fishing boat off the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, on Monday morning, Japanese authorities said.
After the collision occurred in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan around 9:10 a.m. (12:10 a.m. GMT), the North Korean ship sank around 9:30 a.m., with some 20 crew members thrown into the sea, according to the Japan Coast Guard.
The JCG dispatched a patrol boat to the collision site, some 350 kilometers northwest of the peninsula. The site is close to Yamatotai, a fertile fishing area for squid and crabs.
Several crew members have been rescued, according to the JCG.
The Japanese government established an information liaison office at the prime minister office's crisis management center.
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