Two cargo ships collided just outside Tokyo Bay, according to the Japanese Coast Guard.
The Panamanian-flagged Beagle III crashed into another vessel, the South Korean-registered Pegasus Prime, causing it to sink. The incident occurred southeast of the Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Of the 20 crew members — all of whom are Chinese nationals — aboard Beagle III, 12 have been found and eight are still missing.
Of the rescued crew members, six have slight injuries. The Chief Engineer of he ship was found drifting and seriously injured on Tuesday, He was taken to the nearby Miura City Hospital in a “state of cardiopulmonary arrest,” but was confirmed dead Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard confirmed.