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Five Missing Crewmen Found Dead from Tanker Collision Near Japan

Japanese coast guard officials say rescue workers have found the bodies of five men missing after a collision of two tankers off Japan's central coast on Friday.

Rescuers searching the 697-ton Kyokuyo Maru located the bodies of the men Sunday on board, bringing the death toll in the accident to six.

One sailor died and another suffered serious burns when the tanker, transporting benzene, caught fire in the collision 25 kilometers off Owase City in Mie prefecture.

All five crew members on the other ship, the 499-ton chemical tanker Nikko Maru, were rescued uninjured Friday. The vessel's chief mate, Hisao Ueno, has been arrested on suspicion of professional negligence. There was thick fog in the area at the time of the accident.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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