24 persons were feared to have been trapped
in the hull of the Japanese motor tuna-fishing vessel
Kaiko Maru No 28
after she sank following a collision with the Italian
steam tanker Fina Italia some 340 miles NW of San Juan Puerto Rico
at 9 am on June 4, 1963.
The Fina Italia picked up 11 survivors,
then took them to her own destination Portland Maine.
The missing included 22 crewmen, plus the master's wife and their child.
The survivors said through an interpreter that their captain,
Kasuo Nagatoma, had been at the helm of Kaiko Maru No 28
when the collision occurred.