The Greek motor bulk carrier Thomas K
was on a voyage from Port Arthur to Mizushima,
loaded with 17,000 tons of scrap metal,
when her shell plate cracked during heavy weather
and she began to flood, SE of Japan
in lat 30.04N, long 148.00E on January 28, 1984.
While proceeding to Shimizu as a port of refuge
a fire broke out in her engine room on January 31,
as a result of which she began to drift in stormy seas.
The crew managed to extinguish the blaze,
but the Thomas K subsequently sank
in the continuing heavy seas
some 13 miles south of Iro Zaki Lighthouse,
Izu Penisula, Shizoku Prefecture, on Febrary 1st.
Of her crew of 15, there were only seven survivors.