The Monbetsu Coast Guard in northern Japan has arrested three crew members of the Russian trawler Amur, which collided with a Japanese ship in the Sea of Okhotsk, killing three Japanese fishermen. The last of the detainees was a 38-year-old navigator of a Russian ship, as Kyodo news agency reported.
"The Monbetsu Coast Guard Department has conducted investigations, including hearing both sides and analyzing the navigation route. In this regard, a third Russian officer, Pavel Dobryansky, who was in charge of the Russian-flagged ship, was arrested," the statement said.
The man is suspected of violations in acting in the course of his employment and maneuvering, NHK reports.
The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo confirmed to TASS the arrest of the third assistant captain of the Amur in the case of a collision with a Japanese schooner.
The lawyer, who is to defend the arrested assistant captain of the Amur, will arrive in the Japanese city of Monbetsu on June 8, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation said.
As it was reported earlier, a collision occurred in the Sea of Okhotsk on May 26. The disaster took place not far from Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture; Russian vessel AMUR ran into Japanese fishing boat Daihachi Hokkoumaru.