TOKYO, January 10 /TASS/. A cargo ship has run aground off the coast of Yamagata prefecture in northeast Japan on Sunday. The 18-member crew consisting of Russian and Bangladeshi nationals in unhurt, according to the prefecture’s fire-fighting department.
Japan’s self-defense forces have sent a helicopter to the scene to evacuate 14 Russians and 4 citizens of Bangladesh to the nearby Sakata port.
The cargo ship flying the flag of Panama left the Russian port of Nakhodka and arrived in Akita prefecture, located not far from Yamagata, where it was partly unloaded. After that, the ship left for South Korea but ran aground near Sakata port because of high waves.