The bulk carrier Inspiration Lake collided with Korean fishing vessel in Japan Sea on 22 nautical miles east off Guryungpo, South Korea. The fishing vessel crossed the route of the bulker in low visibility, which caused collision. The fishing ship capsized, but understood remained afloat. Following the accident the seven crew fell into the water and three of them were rescued during the further search and rescue operation. Another four people are missing, probably trapped inside capsized vessel. The accident was reported to the local authorities and at the scene were sent rescue boats, which started large scale SAR. A lot of local fishing boats also jointed the search of the missing people.
The bulk carrier Inspiration Lake was escorted to Korean water and detained for further investigation. The root cause and responsibilities for the collision will be determined at further stage. The crew of the bulk carrier is safe and without reported injuries. The vessel did not suffered serious damages and remained afloat after the accident.
The bulk carrier Inspiration Lake (IMO: 9727376) has overall length of 180.00 m, moulded beam of 30.00 m and maximum draft of 9.80 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 37,800 DWT and the gross tonnage is 23,300 GRT. The ship was built in 2015 by Shimamami Shipyard in Japan. During the accident the ship was en route from Shanghai to Vostochniy, Russia.