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1 dead, 1 missing in Japan ship collision

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10:49 AM February 25th, 2013

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February 25th, 2013 10:49 AM

TOKYO – Two fishing boats capsized off the coast of western Japan on Monday after a collision with a Taiwanese cargo ship, leaving one person dead and another missing, officials said.

The two Japanese-flagged fishing vessels, with a total of four people on board, collided with the 13,000-tonne Wan Hai five kilometers (three miles) west of Kansai airport in Osaka Bay shortly after dawn, a coastguard official said.

“All four people on the two fishing boats were thrown into the water following the collision, while there were no reports of injuries from the Taiwanese vessel,” a coastguard official said.

“Two of them were rescued safely, but one was confirmed dead,” the official said, adding that the coastguard was searching for the fourth person.

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