General cargo vessel M Star 1 aground, crew evacuated, Japan sea

General cargo vessel M Star 1 in a stormy weather ran aground late at night Dec 22 on the coast of Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, Honshu Island, Japan Sea, en route to Akita from Korea. 18 crew (Koreans and Burmese) were evacuated by military helicopters, no injures reported. Vessel is open to battering by heavy swell, salvage probability unclear. On a pic from NHK distressed M Star 1.

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