Collision in Tokyo Bay
The 130 meter long, 17220 dwt cargo vessel Beagle III collided with the 127 meter long, 9618 dwt container ship Pegasus Prime in Tokyo Bay off Miura Peninsula, Japan. The Pegasus Prime’s bow struck into the side of the Beagle III. The Beagle III quickly filled with water and sank.
Twelve crew members were rescued by a passing passenger vessel. Reports stated 6 crewmen had suffered injuries while launching the vessel’s lifeboat. One crewman later perished from his injuries. Eight crewmen were still reported missing. Authorities have launched a search and rescue effort No reported injuries on the Pegasus Prime. The Pegasus Prime sustained significant bow damage with a large fracture on its port side. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
The Pegasus Prime was en route from Kunsan, South Korea heading to Tokyo while the Beagle III was departing from Yokohama with a cargo of steel coil.