Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Tokyo has lodged a protest with Pyongyang over a collision between a North Korean fishing boat that illegally entered Japan’s exclusive economic zone
The captain of the cargo ship Vienna Wood, which is registered in Hong Kong, called for help "a few hours later" and the vessel was being escorted to land by the Philippine Coast Guard, said agency spokesman Commodore Armando Balilo.
Videos posted online show the 290-metre Glory slowly arcing through the azure water off Cozumel toward the 294-meter Legend, then making impact with a loud boom.
The three survivors said other crew members may have been swept away by waves before the first helicopter arrived, according to a government statement.
Japan and South Korea's coast guards were searching for eight crewmembers from a cargo ship that sank between the two countries. The vessel, the 6,651-tonne Hong Kong-registered "Jintian", issued a distress call late on Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard said.