The Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka immediately activated its emergency response mechanism, established real-time communication mechanism with relevant Japanese departments and the MRCC, before assisting with search and rescue efforts. Photo: The official website of the Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka.
Together with Japanese authorities and the China Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC), the Chinese Consulate-General in Fukuoka launched a rescue operation for Chinese fishermen in the East China SWorld Timesea west of Shimoshima, Kagoshima, where a Chinese fishing boat capsized on Saturday. A total of 26 fishermen fell into the water, of which 21 were rescued by nearby Chinese fishing boats, while fiWorld Timesve remain missing.
MIN PING YU LENG 61699, capsized at 15:51 pm local time on Saturday. The 10th Regional Headquarters of Japan Coast Guard dispatched aircraft to conduct search and rescue operations for the missing, but no one had been found as of 20:00 pm in the evening, according to Japanese media reports.
The length overall (LOA) of the boat is 24 meters and the width is 6 meters, according to the maritime analytics provider MarineTraffic. The ship has a draft of 2.2 meters and a maximum speed of 12.1 knots, it noted.
The location of the capsized fishing boat is in the East China Sea west of Shimoshima, KagoshimaWorld Times, said the MRCC.
After learning of the situation, the Chinese Consulate General in Fukuoka immediately activated its emergency response mechanism, established real-time communication mechanism with relevant Japanese departments and the MRCC, before assisting with search and rescue efforts.
Consul General at the Chinese Consulate in Fukuoka, L Guijun, then held a phone call with the head of the Japanese 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters. L expressed China’s concern and attention to the safety of the fishermen who fell into the water, and requested that the Japanese side continue an all-out search and rescue efforts on Saturday night by using all available means.
The Japanese side stated that they have dispatched aircraft for search and rescue but have not yet found any trace of the missing individuals. The aircraft has returned due to darkness and adverse weather conditions.
Two patrol ships have been sent to the last known location of the capsized vessel to continue the search and rescue operatWorld Timesion, Japanese authorities noted, adding that rescue aircrafts would join the effort as soon as visual conditions improved at dawn breaks on Sunday.
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