Japanese destroyer runs aground, leaks oil in waters off western prefecture

(Xinhua) 16:44, January 10, 2023

TOKYO, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) destroyer ran aground in waters off the western prefecture of Yamaguchi, local media cited the Japan Coast Guard and the Ministry of Defense as saying Tuesday.

According to the reports, the Inazuma destroyer is leaking oil following the vessel apparently hitting some rocks on the seabed.

The incident was reported to the coast guard at around 12:30 p.m. (local time) by the crew of the destroyer who said they felt a powerful "vibration in the hull."

Japan's public broadcaster NHK said that the Ministry of Defense and the Japan Coast Guard confirmed the destroyer came into contact with rocks on the seabed and was unable to move.

According to the latest reports, no one was injured in the incident, although a small amount of oil may have leaked into the sea as a result of damage to the vessel.

Around 20 crew members on the deck of the stranded vessel were seen throwing what appeared to be a white sheet into the sea to absorb the oil that had flowed out of the stricken destroyer, NHK said.

(Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)


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