Six Killed in Ship Fire at Port of Wakkanai, Japan

Location of port of Wakkanai, Japan
Location of port of Wakkanai, Japan

Six crew members of a Cambodian-flagged crab fishing vessel were killed Thursday after a fire broke out on their ship while anchored in a Japanese port, coast guard and media reports said.

The AFP, citing an Japanese coast guard official, reports that the fire broke out on the 497-tonne Tiagan while in the port of Wakkanai in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido.

The ship had a crew of 23, made up of mostly Russians and some Ukrainians. The six killed are reported to be all Russian citizens.

The fire is believed to have burned for about 11 hours before it was put out. The six bodies were found after the fire was extinguished and water was pumped out.