15 Indians rescued, search on for 11 after ship sinks off Japan island: External Affairs Ministry

A 33,205-tonne cargo vessel with 26 Indians on board sent a distress signal on Friday as a typhoon churned in the region

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Oct 13, 2017, 19:59 PM IST
15 Indians rescued, search on for 11 after ship sinks off Japan island: External Affairs Ministry
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NEW DELHI: Search operations continued for the 11 Indian crew members who went missing after a cargo ship sank in the Pacific ocean off the Japan coast. Meanwhile, 15 crew members were rescued, confirmed the External Affairs ministry on Friday evening.

“15 Indians rescued, search on for missing 11 following sinking of a ship off Okinawa. Our Missions in Japan, Philippines & China on the job,” said Raveesh Kumar, the (Ministry of External Affiars) MEA spokesperson. 

The ministry also released the names of rescued crew members:

 

The 33,205-tonne Emerald Star with 26 Indians on board sent a distress signal on early Friday morning as a typhoon churned in the region, said Japan`s coastguard.

The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship was sailing nearly 280 kilometres (174 miles) east of the northern tip of the Philippines. Japan dispatched two patrol boats, three planes to rescue those on board. However, the typhoon made the search operations difficult.