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Japanese, South Korean trawlers collide in Sea of Japan, 13 rescued: Yonhap

Japanese, South Korean trawlers collide in Sea of Japan, 13 rescued: Yonhap

This file picture taken on July 14, 2008 shows an aerial view of the group of disputed islets controlled by South Korea but also claimed by Japan in the Sea of Japan (East Sea). (Photo: AFP / KOREA POOL / AFP FILES)

TOKYO: Two South Korean and Japanese fishing boats collided in the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning (Nov 15) about 330km northeast of an island claimed by both countries, South Korea's Yonhap News reported.

The 48-tonne South Korean trawler was sinking after the collision, which occurred around 9.38am local time (0038 GMT), Yonhap quoted the Coast Guard as saying.

A rescue team saved 13 sailors and was still searching for more survivors, Yonhap said.

Japan's top government spokesman confirmed the collision and said there had been no casualties on the Japanese side.

Source: Reuters/nc

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