A Chinese ship carrying the bodies and the survivors from a deadly collision between a Chinese mainland fishing vessel and a Hong Kong oil tanker 400 kilometers north of Japan set sail for home on Saturday.
The statement was made by the Chinese Consulate General in Osaka, Japan on Saturday, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Lurong Yuanyu 378, the Chinese fishing boat involved in the accident, was carrying total of 16 crew members. The collision took place early Thursday morning in international waters 400 kilometers north of Japan's Oki Islands, Shimane prefecture.
The bodies of the 12 missing crew members were all found as of Friday afternoon, said the report.
One of the four surviving members who were rescued by a nearby Chinese fishing boat later died.
The identities of the victims have not yet been revealed.
After receiving search requests from the Chinese side, the Japanese Coast Guard dispatched three patrol boats to the waters and discovered five of the victims' bodies inside the Lurong Yuanyu 378. The bodies were transferred to a nearby Chinese fishing boat to be identified.
With the search completed, the Japanese patrol boats have gone back to their base, while a special working group sent to the emergency response squad from the Chinese side has also returned.
The consulate initiated a contingency plan to continue with the rescue mission, the Global Times previously reported on Saturday.
The 21 crew members of the Hong Kong oil tanker Brightoil Lucky, which was on its way to the Russian oil port of Kozmino at the time of the collision, were reportedly unharmed from the incident.