Thirteen crew rescued after ship sinks off Japan, search on for nine missing

TOKYO, Jan 25 ― 13 crew members have been rescued now from a cargo ship that sank off southwestern Japan in the course of fierce winter season winds, with planes and ships, which includes non-public vessels, looking for the remaining nine.

The vessel, the 6,651-tonne Hong Kong-registered “Jintian”, issued a distress get in touch with late on Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard explained.

Media claimed a man or woman on the ship mentioned it was listing and getting on drinking water, and later on reviews explained the 22 crew customers ― all Chinese or Myanmar nationals ― experienced transferred to lifeboats.

There was no rapid phrase on what induced the vessel, which was carrying lumber, to capsize. A Coast Guard spokesperson stated winds have been robust at the time the distress signal was acquired at about 11.15pm yesterday.

The Coast Guard right away sought guidance from patrol ships and plane in the vicinity, the west of Nagasaki city, leading federal government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said.

The ship sank at 2.46am (17:46 GMT on Tuesday), he additional, quoting other vessels in the region.

The Coastline Guard “is also searching for cooperation from the Self-Protection Forces, South Korean Coast Guard, and vessels sailing close to the waters,” Matsuno claimed at a typical news meeting.

He claimed the 5 crew customers who have been rescued ended up all Chinese but experienced no even further details on their problem.

A Japan Coastline Guard spokesperson instructed Reuters the Japan Air Self-Protection Drive and the Korea Coastline Guard rescued a further 8 members of the crew.

Earlier, the Japan Coast Guard said it experienced discovered 4 crew floating in the drinking water and that they have been rescued by a personal vessel, some 110 km west of the Danjo islands.

The Coastline Guard could not confirm experiences the crew was in lifeboats.

Western areas of Japan were being battered by wintertime storms that brought freezing, windy ailments yesterday.

The spot in which the ship sank is amongst Nagasaki and South Korea’s Jeju island, where by hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday since of harsh weather problems.

A ship ran aground in large wind off the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa yesterday. The 19 crew customers were rescued, media claimed. ― Reuters