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24 fishermen rescued from half-submerged ship in rough seas off Izu islands; 1 dead

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By Mari Yamaguchi

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Damn. Two hours and a shipmate overboard. That must have been terrifying.

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What an experience of hell. 20 Indonesian crew and 5 Japanese. A wild-looking sea.

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Congratulations to the Coast Guard and the crew involved in the rescue. Emergency services personnel in all fields are heroes.

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Top job Japanese Coast Guard.

We never really appreciate you until we need you......and what a great job you did.

These 'silent heroes' put all of our sports and music heroes to shame.

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A small miracle considering the circumstances, still tragic that one person lost his life on the accident.

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t apparently drifted in the rough seas and was blown by the strong wind, and the captain sent a distress signal about five hours later, saying his ship hit the rocks, the coast guard said

Waiting until the vessel was aground was a fatal mistake.

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Presumably this is standard procedure when you have an engine failure out at sea. You try to fix it before doing anything else. Its just unlucky that a big storm hit them while helpless.

These people do a dangerous job, as do the rescue services looking out for them. RIP to the lost sailor.

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The Fukuei Maru No. 8 stalled due to an engine failure Sunday evening in the Pacific Ocean, about five hours after it departed the Yaizu Port

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drifted in the rough seas and was blown by the strong wind, and the captain sent a distress signal about five hours later, saying his ship hit the rocks

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5 hours after leaving port engine failure.

5 hours later they hit the rocks.

How long did they have to wait for the Coast Guard to arrive ?

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Did the captain not check to see where he was drifting ?

Why did he not alert the coast guard that he had engine failure after two or three hours ?

Then they could have had a ship or two already there before the ship hit the rocks.

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Good job JCG!!!

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Working as a chief engineer on a fishing boat at age 67. And then drowning after the engine quits and your ship runs aground. What a tough way to go out of this world.

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The First Officer of that fishing boat should have put out a Mayday call as soon as the engine failed.

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Presumably this is standard procedure when you have an engine failure out at sea. You try to fix it before doing anything else. Its just unlucky that a big storm hit them while helpless.

No it's not. This could have been prevented if proper procedures had been followed when they suffered the engine breakdown. See below.

The First Officer of that fishing boat should have put out a Mayday call as soon as the engine failed.

No. The Captain or appointed person should have issued a PAN call to alert coastguard of an urgent situation. At that point assistance would have been dispatched and the vessel would have been secured and brought to safety.

This would have prevented the situation escalating to having to make MAYDAY call when they were hitting (or about to hit) the rocks and there was a serious threat to life.

The Captain is absolutely at fault if he did not issue a PAN in the first place.

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Did the captain not check to see where he was drifting ?

Why did he not alert the coast guard that he had engine failure after two or three hours ?

Then they could have had a ship or two already there before the ship hit the rocks.

Correct.

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Am gonna curiously connect some dots here on the deceased. Seems he was the engineer, and the boat suffered an engine failure, and he was the only one to lose his life. Could this be a case of S....de? pre meditated? the other crew members being casualties? Can't imagine the horror at rough seas though. Peace!

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For those in peril on the sea.

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