On Wednesday, 26th May, 2021, Japanese fishing boat collided with a 662-ton Russian ship AMUR and capsized off Hokkaido at 6AM leaving three crew members dead.
A 5 member crew onboard The Hokko Maru No. 8, was catching crabs at the time of the collision, consistent with the Japan Coast Guard.3 crew members Masayoshi Numahata, a 64-year-old chief engineer, and Shunsuke Konno, 39, and Masatoshi Inoue, 37, who were both deckhands died in the tragic accident. The boat consisted of 2 other crews as the coast guard and native rescue worker. The five men, three of them showing no vital signs, were taken from the ocean by the Amur then brought back by the coast guard to their port, roughly 23 kilometers far away from the accident site, at around 10AM
The Russian vessel Amur, with 23 crew members, was transporting seafood to Monbetsu from Sakhalin in Russia’s East. A dense fog advisory had been issued within the sea off Monbetsu port at the time.