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Cargo ship sinks off Japan amid fierce winter winds, 13 rescued

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A cargo ship sank off southwestern Japan throughout fierce winter winds. Thirteen crew members had been rescued, whereas the seek for the remaining 9 continues.

Tokyo ,UPDATED: Jan 25, 2023 12:03 IST

A life boat drifts at sea close to the positioning of a cargo ship that sank off southwestern Japan (Photo: Reuters)

By Reuters: Thirteen crew members had been rescued on Wednesday from a cargo ship that sank off southwestern Japan throughout fierce winter winds, with planes and ships, together with non-public vessels, looking for the remaining 9.

The vessel, the 6,651-tonne Hong Kong-registered “Jintian”, issued a misery name late on Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard mentioned.

Media reported an individual on the ship mentioned it was itemizing and taking over water, and later reviews mentioned the 22 crew members – all Chinese or Myanmar nationals – had transferred to lifeboats.

There was no instant phrase on what induced the vessel, which was carrying lumber, to capsize. A Coast Guard spokesperson mentioned winds had been sturdy on the time the misery sign was acquired at round 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard instantly sought help from patrol ships and plane within the neighborhood, the west of Nagasaki metropolis, prime authorities spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno mentioned.

The ship sank at 2:46 a.m. (17:46 GMT on Tuesday), he added, quoting different vessels within the space.

The Coast Guard “is also seeking cooperation from the Self-Defense Forces, South Korean Coast Guard, and vessels sailing near the waters,” Matsuno mentioned at an everyday information convention.

He mentioned the 5 crew members who had been rescued had been all Chinese however had no additional info on their situation.

A Japan Coast Guard spokesperson instructed Reuters the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and the Korean Coast Guard rescued one other eight members of the crew.

Earlier, the Japan Coast Guard mentioned it had found 4 crew floating within the water and that they had been rescued by a non-public vessel, some 110 km west of the Danjo islands.

The Coast Guard couldn’t verify reviews the crew was in lifeboats.

Western elements of Japan had been battered by winter storms that introduced freezing, windy circumstances on Tuesday.

The space the place the ship sank is between Nagasaki and South Korea’s Jeju island, the place a whole bunch of flights had been cancelled on Tuesday due to harsh climate circumstances.

A ship ran aground within the heavy winds off the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday. The 19 crew members had been rescued, the media reported.

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Jan 25, 2023