Korean, Panamanian Ships Collide Off Tokyo

The Korean-registered Pegasus Prime is anchored at sea off Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan on Tuesday after being damaged in  a collision with a Panamanian ship. /Courtesy of Mainichi Shimbun The Korean-registered Pegasus Prime is anchored at sea off Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan on Tuesday after being damaged in a collision with a Panamanian ship. /Courtesy of Mainichi Shimbun

A Korean-registered cargo ship collided with a Panamanian-flagged freighter in waters near Tokyo on Tuesday, killing one crewmember of the Panamanian ship and leaving eight others missing.

Around 3:10 a.m., the 7,406 ton Korean-registered Pegasus Prime, which was traveling from Korea to Tokyo, collided with the 12,603 ton Beagle III at the mouth of Tokyo Bay, according to the Japanese Coast Guard.

The collision occurred in the Uraga Channel, a major waterway for a daily average of more than 500 ships.

The Beagle III, which had been traveling from Yokohama to Kobe, went under.

One of its 20 Chinese crew died and eight others went missing. The Japanese Coast Guard sent helicopters to search for the missing and the Japan Transport Safety Board will dispatch five inspectors to the scene to find out what caused the accident.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 19, 2014 10:56 KST