A Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force (MSDF) destroyer ran aground in waters off the western prefecture of Yamaguchi, local media cited the Japan Coast Guard and the Ministry of Defence as saying on Tuesday.
According to the reports, the Inazuma destroyer is leaking oil following the vessel apparently hitting some rocks on the seabed.
The crew of the destroyer reported the incident to the coast at around 12.30 p.m. (local time).
They said they felt a powerful “vibration in the hull.”
The Ministry of Defence confirmed the destroyer came into contact with rocks on the seabed and was unable to move.
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Japan’s public broadcaster NHK quoted the ministry as saying.
According to the latest reports, no one sustains injury 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. (Xinhua)
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