After a collision of two ships in the Sea of Japan, the Japanese Coast Guard is looking for North Korean fishermen. These had gone overboard according to the authorities in the collision.
Accordingly, the North Korean ship and the patrol boat of the Japanese Fisheries Authority met approximately 350 kilometers northwest of the central Japanese peninsula Noto together. The two ships have collided within the exclusive economic zone of Japan, quoted the state broadcaster NHK deputy Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Hiroyuki Suematsu.
According to the authorities, some fishermen have since been rescued from the distress. The news agency Reuters reported that it was ten crew members of the North Korean ship.
The Japanese Coast Guard supports the search for the missing fishermen. It sent according to own data airplanes and ships to the accident place.
The spokesman for the agency said that the fish trawler had driven unauthorized into Japan's economic zone. After the patrol boat had asked the fishermen to leave the zone, it had come to a collision. The ship of the North Koreans was beaten leak.
In the Sea of Japan, which apart from North Korea and Russia are also Japan and South Korea, and which, according to the South Korean version, is called the "Baltic Sea", there is a constant dispute over fishing rights. According to experts, Pyongyang urges its fishermen to go further and further out to the sea, hoping for a bigger catch.
The region is known for its abundance of squid. Because in the past there has always been poaching by North Korean fishermen, Japan patrols ships in the area.