The 12703 gt reefer Ming Yang caught fire near Okinawa, Japan. The vessel had suffered an explosion from the main engine resulting starting the fire. The crew were forced to seek shelter in the bow section as the stern became engulf in thick smoke. Some 21 crew were able to escape into a life raft while the remaining 43 awaited on deck. The Japan Coast Guard responded sending patrol vessels and aircraft to the scene. All the crew were safely rescued with three suffering minor injuries. Reports state the vessel was en route to China from South America. The owners of Ming Yang have arranged salvage of the vessel.
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