Japan: 15 Indians rescued from sinking ship off Okinawa coast


External Affairs Ministry (EAM) confirmed that Fifteen Indians were rescued while eleven others were still missing after a cargo ship sank off the coast of southwestern Pacific Ocean, Japan on Friday.

The Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, confirming the news, tweeted, “15 Indians rescued, search on for missing 11 following sinking of a ship off Okinawa. Our Missions in Japan, Philippines & China on the job.”

He also listed out the names of those rescued: Suresh Kumar, Alang Ram, Karuppiah Rangasamy, Subash Lourdusamy, Bosun Mohammad Irfan Mansuri, Sathishi, Ram Kailash, Lai Renjith, Kigin, Jegal Sen Vendran, Cheole, Ramay, Karthikayan and two others both named Parash.

Kumar further said that the name of one of the two named Parash was being further checked.

According to reports, the Hong Kong-registered cargo ship sank some 600 km south of Ishigaki island of Okinawa prefecture.

Japan’s 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters based in Naha, Okinawa, said earlier that it received an emergency call from the 33,205-tonne Emerald Star around 2 a.m. local time (1700 GMT Thursday) on Friday.

The Japan Coast Guard said it had dispatched patrol boats and aircraft to rescue the crew, but the operations were hampered by a raging.

Meanwhile, the search operations are still underway for the 11 Indian crew members who are still missing.