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Wednesday, 28th October 2009
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Japanese ship collides with South Korean boat

A Japanese navy destroyer crashed into a South Korean cargo boat last night (October 27th) with both ships badly damaged.

The JS Kurama and the Carina Star collided in the sea to the south of Japan's main island Kyushu, in the Kanmon Strait. This area of the ocean is around 500 miles south-west of the Japanese capital Tokyo.

Beneath the Kanmon Strait there is a tunnel which links the cities of Honshu and Kyushu. It was opened in 1958 and figures published in the Japan Times last year suggest that up to 35,000 vehicles travel through it every day.

Reports suggested that three crew members aboard the Japanese navy boat were hurt and both ships are still thought to be alight.

At a news conference held following the accident, Japan's defence minister Toshimi Kitazawa said: "We deeply apologise to people for causing concern. We will quickly find out what caused the accident."

According to the Associated Press, local TV footage in Japan showed "orange flames rising up from the vessels in the dark".

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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