Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Cargo ship sinks off coast of Japan as bad weather hamper search for missing crew

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Nine of the 22 crew members, who are Chinese and Myanmar nationals, were rescued by South Korean and Japanese coast guards and flown to a hospital, where they remained unconscious.

Five other crew members apprehended by the Coast Guard were either conscious when found or regained consciousness after being rescued.

The 6,551-ton Jin Tian, ​​transporting timber, capsized about three and a half hours after making a distress call around 11:15 p.m.

The crew abandoned ship minutes before sinking about 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of Nagasaki, Japan, and about 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of the South Korean island of Jeju.

Six crew members were picked up by South Korean Coast Guard vessels, a cargo ship five and Japanese planes three, according to the Jeju Coast Guard.

The ship left Malaysia’s Klang port on December 3 and was bound for South Korea’s Incheon port, according to the Maritime Traffic website maritime transport.

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