Captain arrested after sinking ship off western Japan


A local Japanese Coast Guard office said it arrested the captain of a small vessel for negligence, causing his vessel to hit a reef and sink in the Seto Inland Sea the day before.

Yosuke Tada, 45, admitted the charge. The incident, which happened off the coast of Kagawa Prefecture on Thursday, threatened the lives of 52 schoolchildren and others on board who had to be rescued by coast guards and fishing vessels during the falling ship.

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Tada’s ship, the 19-ton Shrimp of Art, struck the reef at around 4:40 p.m. The Takamatsu Coast Guard office on Friday confirmed a rupture in the bottom of the ship through which the seawater allegedly sank. inside, causing the sink.

When Tada reported the crash to the Coast Guard office, he said he believed the vessel struck a floating object, while claiming it could have struck a rock.

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A total of 62 people were on board at the time, including the group of 52 sixth-graders for a two-day excursion from their school in the same prefecture. While two of the students were taken to hospital with hypothermia and hyperventilation after the accident, all returned home later that day.