Japan’s coastguard today plucked the Indonesian crew of a ferry to safety after receiving a distress call from the vessel, officials said.
The 833-tonne Masagena put out a Mayday call this morning after it began taking on water 11km north of Yakushima island in the far southwest, a coastguard official said.
The coastguard dispatched a helicopter and a patrol boat and had rescued 10 of the 12 crew members, the official said.
“The remaining two – the captain and engineer – are now working with the coastguard on board so that the ferry does not drift,” the official said, adding that nobody appeared injured.
The ferry with a capacity of 480 passengers was being taken from Onomichi in Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture for use in Indonesia.