Monday, June 12, 2006

Captain Held Over Fatal Collision

The Captain of a Panamanian-registered cargo carrier was arrested early Sunday after his vessel collided with a Japanese fishing boat, killing its Captain, off Oita Prefecture the previous day, coast guard officials said. The 46-year-old Chinese Captain, Li Lin, was arrested on charges of professional negligence resulting in death.
Belle Nautica
The officials said Li is suspected of letting the 17,979-ton Belle Nautica operate without an adequate watch early Saturday, causing the vessel to collide with the 4.9-ton trawler Jusho Maru at around 4:30 a.m. about 7 km east of Kunisaki. Shigenobu Hanasaki, 70, who was operating the one-man trawler, was found in the badly damaged boat later and taken to a Kunisaki hospital. He died shortly afterward. Nobody on the Belle Nautica was injured.

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