Japan: Eight Killed When Cargo Ship Sinks

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Eight killed when cargo ship sinks off Japan

The Associated Press

TOKYO (January 8, 2001 9:38 a.m. EST http://www.nandotimes.com) - Eight crew members were killed when a cargo ship sank in rough seas off western Japan, the Maritime Safety Agency said Monday. Five Filipino sailors were rescued.

The 3,561-ton White Koowa was heading for Yokkaichi, western Japan, with a cargo of nickel ore from Indonesia when it sank on Sunday night, said agency official Kazushi Kanagawa. Fourteen crew members were aboard.

The bodies of six Filipinos and two Japanese were recovered. Patrol boats and a German freighter rescued the five Filipino survivors, who were found drifting on a lifeboat early Monday, Kanagawa said. He said they were reported to be in good condition.

Patrol boats were searching for one missing Filipino crew member, Kanagawa said.

The Panamanian-registered White Koowa is owned by Japan's K.K. Hakuyo Line. Kanagawa said his agency is investigating the cause of the incident.

-- Rachel Gibson (rgibson@hotmail.com), January 08, 2001

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