Three missing in ship collision off Ehime

A Japanese cargo ship capsized after colliding with a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel in Japan's Inland Sea on Thursday night. Nine of the 12 people on board the Japanese ship have been rescued, but three are missing.

Authorities received a report at around 11:55 p.m. on Thursday that the 11,000-ton cargo ship, Byakko, and the 2,700-ton chemical tanker, Ulsan Pioneer, had collided off the coast of Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture.

The Coast Guard says the Japanese vessel sank after about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Fire department officials say the nine rescued people were taken to hospital and that their lives are not in danger.

Thirteen South Korean and Myanmar nationals were reportedly on the Ulsan Pioneer. Authorities say the ship did not sink, and none of the crew were injured.

Coast Guard patrol ships and fishing boats are searching for the missing people.