Indian crew members missing after ship sinks off Philippines

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

A cargo ship sank off the coast of south-western Japan, resulting in 11 Indian sailors who were on board going missing.

The Ministry of External Affairs said that the search for rest of the 11 Indians was underway. Our Missions in Japan, Philippines and China on the job, ” he tweeted.

The information regarding the ship and the location of its sinking was reported by news agency IANS, which quoted the Chinese consulate general in Tokyo, the Japanese Coast Guard and Chinese news service Xinhua.

Earlier in the day, Japanese coastguard, which received the distress signal in a statement said, "The 33,205-tonne Emerald Star with 26 Indian nationals on board sent a distress signal early today as the Hong Kong-registered vessel was sailing some 280 kilometres east of the northern tip of the Philippines".

The Japanese coast guard said that it sent two patrol boats and three planes at the site for search and rescue, but a typhoon was making the operation hard.

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