The Japanese coast guard are searching for three missing Vietnamese crewmen who reportedly fell overboard from a Taiwanese fishing boat off the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Thursday night, according to Taiwanese media.
The Hsiang Fuh Far from Kaohsiung had sailed into waters near Tomakomai in search of safety due to the approaching Typhoon Mujigae, a CNA report quoted the Taiwanese Fisheries Agency as saying.
Its captain on Friday morning notified the Kaohsiung Fishermen's Association that six Vietnamese crew members fell overboard from the vessel the night before, according to the report.
The boat was trying to avoid heavy winds when the incident occured, he said without specifying how the crew members were propelled overboard.
His boat and other ships in the area managed to find three of the men, but the others are still unaccounted for, the report said.
The 985-ton boat had a 61-man crew, consisting of three Taiwanese, 21 Vietnamese, 14 Indonesians, and 23 Filipinos, according to the report.