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N Korean fishing boat flooded after collision with Japanese patrol boat

A Japanese patrol boat, which belongs to the Fisheries Agency, and a large North Korean fishing vessel were involved in an accident on Monday, and the North Korean boat was flooded and about 20 of its crew were adrift in the Sea of Japan, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said more than 10 crew members of the North Korean boat had been rescued so far.
The accident happened 350 km northwest of the Noto peninsula, Ishikawa Prefecture, at around 9:10 a.m., the spokesman said, saying that the Coast Guard was dispatching patrol ships to help with the rescue.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK quoted Hiroyuki Suematsu, vice minister of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, as saying that the North Korean ship might have sunk, and that the collision occurred within Japan's exclusive economic zone.


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