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MSDF, coast guard ready to join search for S. Korean ferry survivors

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed his ministers Friday to prepare to send rescue teams or provide other support in the event that Seoul requests help in rescue operations following the sinking of a passenger ferry off South Korea's southern coast, a senior government official said.

Captain of capsized South Korean ferry faces criminal investigation

By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation on Thursday, an official said, amid unconfirmed reports that he was one of the first people to jump to safety as the vessel began sinking.

Navy picks up U.S. family with sick baby from sailboat in Pacific

By Victoria Cavaliere (Reuters) - Rescuers plucked a seriously ill American baby girl and her family from a sailboat in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday and transferred them to a U.S. Navy frigate that will take them back to California, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The family was put into an inflatable raft then helped aboard the USS Vandegrift, which arrived early on Sunday to rescue them from their crippled sailboat about 1,000 miles off Mexico's Pacific coast, the Coast Guard said.

3 Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus

Three Chinese coast guard vessels were spotted sailing Monday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the 17th straight day that Chinese government ships were spotted around the Japan-controlled islands claimed by China and Taiwan.

3 Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus

Three Chinese coast guard vessels were spotted sailing Monday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the 17th straight day that Chinese government ships were spotted around the Japan-controlled islands claimed by China and Taiwan.

Japan rescues Chinese balloonist trying to land on Senkakus

A Chinese man has been rescued by the Japan Coast Guard around the Senkaku Islands after he attempted to land on one of the China-claimed islets using a hot-air balloon, the coast guard said Thursday. The man, who identified himself as a 35-year-old cook from Hebei Province, said he took off Wednesday morning from Fujian Province with the aim of landing on Uotsuri Island in the Japan-controlled Senkaku islet group, according to the coast guard.

Chinese man rescued after failed attempt to land on Senkaku Islands

A Chinese man was rescued by the Japan Coast Guard on Wednesday in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands after he attempted to land on one of the China-claimed islets using a hot-air balloon, the coast guard said Thursday. The man, who identified himself as a 35-year-old cook from Hebei Province, said he took off on the balloon from Fujian Province Wednesday morning aiming to land on Uotsuri Island in the Japan-controlled Senkaku islet group, according to the coast guard.

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 3rd straight day

Two Chinese coast guard ships were spotted Tuesday around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the third straight day that Japan had spotted Chinese government vessels around the Japan-controlled islets, which are claimed by China and Taiwan, the coast guard said. ==Kyodo

Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus for 3rd straight day

Two Chinese coast guard ships were spotted Tuesday around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the third straight day that Japan had spotted Chinese government vessels around the Japan-controlled islets, which are claimed by China and Taiwan, the coast guard said. ==Kyodo

2 Chinese ships spotted near Senkakus

Two Chinese coast guard ships were seen sailing Monday around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea just outside Japan's territorial waters, the Japan Coast Guard said. It was the second consecutive day that Japan had spotted Chinese government vessels around the Japan-controlled islets, which are claimed by China and Taiwan, said the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.
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