Indian crew go missing after ship sinks off Japan

15 Indians rescued search on for 11 after ship sinks off Japan island External Affairs Ministry

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A cargo ship sank off the coast of south-western Japan, resulting in 11 Indian sailors who were on board going missing.

Kumar also shared the names of 15 rescued nationals on Twitter saying the list had been received from Japanese officials.

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The Ministry of External Affairs has said that Indian missions in Japan, Philippines and China were on the job.

The 33,205-tonne Emerald Star with 26 Indians on board sent a distress signal on early Friday morning as a typhoon churned in the region, said Japan's coastguard.

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Earlier media reports said that 15 of the 26 Indian crew aboard the ship were rescued by ships nearby, and 11 were missing. At that time, the ship, registered in Hong Kong was sailing 280 kilometres east of the northern tip of the Philippines.

Informing that the cargo ship has sunk, a Japanese coastguard spokesman said, "We have dispatched two patrol boats and three planes to the site but a typhoon has made a rescue hard".

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