Saturday, October 07, 2006

Ship With 25 Indians Runs Aground Off Japan

Four Indians were among 13 people who were washed out to sea after a freighter caught fire and ran aground in stormy weather off eastern Japan. One of the four Indians was found washed ashore and later died, reports quoted officials as saying.The other three Indians were rescued and were being treated for minor injuries. Thirteen more crew members were still trapped aboard the freighter, a Panamanian-registered ship named the Giant Step.The ship had broken in two and remained stranded about 1.8 kilometers off the coast. The freighter was heading to Kashima from Australia. The ship had initially told Japanese authorities that none of its 26-member crew - 25 Indians and one Sri Lankan - was injured.

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