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3RD LD: All 5 crew rescued after ship collision off Izu Peninsula.

SHIZUOKA, Japan, June 21 Kyodo

(EDS: CHANGING DATELINE, UPDATING WITH FRESH INFO)

All five freighter crew members who went missing in a collision with a containership off the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, Friday night were rescued unhurt, the Japan Coast Guard said early Saturday.

Their vessel, the Takasago No. 2, collided with the Hong Kong containership Ji Feng in waters about 10 kilometers east of Shimoda at around 8:45 p.m. Friday, leaving the five missing, coast guard officials said.

The five, all Japanese, were on a lifeboat when rescued by a coast guard boat about three and a half hours later, the officials said.

The 298-ton freighter is believed to have sunk while the 5,601-ton containership sustained only minor damage with none of its crew injured, the officials said.

Visibility was poor in some areas near the accident site due to fog, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Operated by the Kobe-based Shinnihon Kinkai Kisen Kaisha Ltd., Takasago No. 2 was heading for Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, after leaving Kakogawa, Hyogo Prefecture, at the time of the collision. The containership was bound for Nagoya after departing Tokyo.
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Date:Jun 23, 2008
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