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Japan Evacuates 14 Russian Sailors From Stranded Vessel

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Japan’s Coast Guard has evacuated 14 Russian seamen and four Bangladeshi citizens from the cargo ship flying the flag of Panama, which ran aground in northeast Japan, local media reported Sunday.

TOKYO (Sputnik) The City vessel has half sunk after hitting a breakwater structure off the coast of Yamagata prefecture, the NHK broadcaster said.

The 18-member crew was en route from the Russian port of Nakhodka to South Korea.

None of the crew members were injured in the incident, the channel added, citing the prefecture’s fire-fighting department.

On Saturday, the Sakata port, where the ship has been stranded, declared a storm warning.

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