On the 7th in the Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Sea of Japan, the Fisheries Agency's fisheries control vessel “Ookuni” (1300 tons) collided with a North Korean fishing boat entered Niigata Port on the 8th. The 9th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters (Niigata City) confirms the state of damage to the hull and listens to the situation at the time from the captains.
The control boat collided with a fishing boat near the sea area called “Yamatoi” after 9:00 am on the 7th, and the fishing boat sank. According to the Fisheries Agency, it warned that the control ship would leave EEZ, and after discharging, the fishing boat turned sharply and the port side of the fishing boat collided with the bow of the control ship.
The crew of the fishing boat, which seems to have about 60 people, was rescued by a life raft, etc., and boarded another North Korean ship and left the sea area. No other castaways have been found, and Miho sees that all have been rescued. The control ship was heading to Niigata Port after completing the rescue operation. (Kenta Nakamura)