Cargo ship sinks between South Korea, Japan; 5 crew rescued



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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean and Japanese coast guards had been looking for 17 crewmembers of a cargo ship that sank early Wednesday whereas transporting lumber in waters between South Korea and Japan.

The coast guard of the southern South Korean island of Jeju stated 5 crewmembers had been rescued by close by vessels after the 6,551-ton Jin Tian sank about 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of the island and inside Japan’s unique financial zone.

South Korean and Japanese officers stated 14 crewmembers on the Hong Kong-registered ship are Chinese language and eight are from Myanmar.

Shinya Kitahara, spokesperson of Japan Coast Guard, stated the ship sank almost 4 hours after sending a misery name at round 11:15 p.m. Tuesday. In keeping with Jeju island’s coast guard officers, the ship’s captain final communicated with the coast guard by way of a satellite tv for pc cellphone at round 2:41 a.m., saying that crewmembers would abandon the ship.

Nobody was discovered within the three life rafts and two lifeboats searched by South Korean coast guard crews who later arrived on a speedboat.

Kitahara, who confirmed the rescue of at the least 4 crewmembers, stated the reason for the ship’s sinking was not instantly identified and that there have been no indicators that it collided with one other vessel. He stated Japan dispatched patrol boats and plane to the world, however their arrivals had been delayed by tough climate.

Sturdy wind warnings have been issued on the website of the sinking, which is about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of the Japanese metropolis of Nagasaki.

Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo.

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