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13 missing after fishing boat sinks off Miyagi

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I'm hoping for the best but fear the worst. I have seen up close what happens when those big vessels come close to Salk ones.

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Certainly hope they're found safe and returned to their families.

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so the cargo vessel didn't notice the sound of hitting 119-ton tuna-fishing boat and kept on going, did not stop to help these fishermen ?

is there any kind of hit-and-run crime of the open sea ?

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so the cargo vessel didn't notice the sound of hitting 119-ton tuna-fishing boat

Why didn't the fishing boat notice the massive cargo ship right in front of it, and take evasive action beforehand? It takes forever to stop and turn the really big ships.

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I have the same question as saru-au. Why didn't the cargo ship stop and help the fisherman?

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I have the same question as saru-au. Why didn't the cargo ship stop and help the fisherman?

Who says they didn't try? The fact that the cargo vessel was identified all but guarantees they tried. Not to stop would guarantee a trial aganist the cargo ship's captain. A cargo ship could take up to a half mile to come to a stop depending on how fast it was going and how laden it was. In that time, the fishing boat could already have sunk. The collision occurred at around 2 a.m. and apparently in rough seas. By the time the cargo vessel got turned around and returned to the collision area, the odds of spotting someone in the dark floating in the swells is marginal, at best. You would have to be lucky to have the searchlight shining at the peak of a swell while the survivor was riding high on it. To get an idea of how difficult it is to spot someone in the ocean, just look at the OTHER vessels involved in this search that found no one. Only one vessel apparently found survivors.

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Those cargo-ships(same for ocean liners) can't stop nor turn on a dime it takes miles.

Best they can do is drop a life-raft and about and 30-50 minutes later look for it, it it is in cold water conditions the changes for finding anyone alive are very slim indeed.

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