Vessel collision in Tokyo Bay: one dead, eight people missing

March 19, 2014 at 10:24 by Svitlana Slavina in Accidents

The freighter vessel BEAGLE III collided with the boxship PEGASUS PRIME on 17th of March. The collision occurred at the entrance of the Tokyo Bay, Japan, a well-known sea route for more than 400 vessels.

Both vessels were on opposite courses. The BEAGLE III was en route from Yokohama to Kobe, the PEGASUS PRIME was heading to Tokyo.The Panamanian-flagged BEAGLE III loaded with steel coil sank.

According to the Japanese Coast Guard, there were 20 crewmen onboard the BEAGLE III at the time of the crash. Twelve people were rescued by the coast guard. One of the rescued crew members was stated to be in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. His death was reported on Tuesday by Japan Coast Guard. Eight persons were still missing.

Two helicopters and 19 rescue vessels were initially sent to the place of accident to perform a rescue operation of eight missing crew members. As said by Japanese Coast Guard, the rescue team was searching for missing people for nine hours.

The container ship PEGASUS PRIME was severely damaged. There were 14 crew members onboard the vessel at the time of incident. While trying to leave the damaged vessel on a life boat, two persons sustained minor injures.

According to the FleetMon AIS data the PEGASUS PRIME is currently in the port of Yokohama. Find the screenshots below, which display the present position of the damaged boxship and the last captured position report of BEAGLE III via satellite AIS:

Vessel collision in Tokyo Bay: one dead, eight people missing

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