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One Vietnamese missing as ship sunk by super typhoon Hagibis off Japan: embassy

Monday, October 14, 2019, 11:20 GMT+7
One Vietnamese missing as ship sunk by super typhoon Hagibis off Japan: embassy
The Panama-flagged cargo ship Jia De. Photo: Marine Traffic

One Vietnamese sailor has been saved while another remains missing after their ship sank late Saturday off the Japanese capital city of Tokyo, where it was anchored as super typhoon Hagibis approached.

The two Vietnamese sailors were among the 12-member crew of the sunken Panama-flagged cargo ship Jia De, according to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).

Ten others included three Myanmarese and seven Chinese nationals.

JCG said the 1,925-metric-ton vessel’s tracking signal was lost around 9:40 pm local time.

The accident killed two sailors while six remain missing.

Four others were rescued on Sunday morning, the JCG said.

Rescue workers carry a rubber dinghy as they search a flooded area in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, which caused severe floods at the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, October 14, 2019. Photo: Reuters

Rescue workers carry a rubber dinghy as they search a flooded area in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, which caused severe floods at the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, October 14, 2019. Photo: Reuters

A Vietnamese sailor, Pham Van Duc, was among those rescued, the Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday, quoting a source from the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan.

Duc is now recovering at a hospital in Yokohama, a Japanese city south of Tokyo, the state media said.

The other Vietnamese sailor, Nguyen Van Tri, remains unaccounted for as of Monday morning.

At least 31 people were killed in the typhoon that left vast sections of towns in central and eastern Japan submerged in water, with another 15 missing and 186 injured, public broadcaster NHK said.

Super typhoon Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday and headed out to sea early on Sunday.

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