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Tanker with Indonesian crew sinks in Japanese waters

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Jakarta, IO – A South Korean-flagged tanker carrying a number of crew members, including Indonesians sank in Japanese waters, Wednesday (20/3).

Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s (Kemlu) citizen protection director Judha Nugraha stated that the Indonesian Consulate General in Osaka has coordinated with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).

“The ship carries 11 crew members consisting of eight Indonesians, two South Koreans and one Chinese,” said Judha.

According to Judha, eight crew members were found dead. Their identities are as yet unknown. “The other two crew members have yet to be found,” he said.

According to the latest information, the tanker name is Keoyoung Sun. It sunk in the waters of Shimonoseki, Japan. JCG is still conducting an intensive search up to this moment.

The tanker was reportedly carrying 980 tons of acrylic acid. However, there were no reports of leaks of the chemical. Before the accident, the vessel was anchored near Mutsure Island due to bad weather.

Judha said the Indonesian government is contacting the families members of the Indonesian crew to update them of the situation and coordinating with relevant ministries/agencies to ensure that their rights to compensation will be fulfilled. (un)

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