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6 Indonesian crew members missing after Japanese vessel capsizes in waters off Senkaku Island

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Jakarta, IO – The ship capsized on Sunday (5/3) afternoon. It was found by a Japanese naval patrol in the waters off Senkaku Island. The island is controlled by Tokyo, but is also claimed by China, reported Tempo.co, Tuesday (7/3).

Japanese Coast Guard spokesperson Keisuke Nakao said the missing crew members consisted of six Indonesians and one Taiwanese. The Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard forces have dispatched vessels to the area to conduct a search and rescue operation.

Foreign Ministry’s Citizen Protection Director Judha Nugraha said Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo have coordinated with the Japanese authorities in search for the missing crew members. Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has also spoken with her Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi to request deployment of search and rescue boats and aircraft.

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“Four patrol boats have been deployed but the whereabouts of the crew members are still unknown,” said Judha. (un)

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