Five crew members have been rescued and efforts are underway to save 17 more after a cargo ship sank off Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture on Wednesday, the Japan Coast Guard told CNN.
The Coast Guard said it received a distress signal from the Hong Kong-flagged vessel Jin Tian late Tuesday evening as it sailed 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of the Danjo Islands out to sea. from eastern China.
The crew – 14 Chinese nationals and eight Myanmar nationals – were said to have been transferred to lifeboats before rough seas affected their rescue, the Japanese Coast Guard said.
The coast guard dispatched two patrol boats to the scene, while three private vessels, including an oil tanker, which were sailing nearby are involved in the rescue operation, he added.
The Coast Guard said the ship was expected to reach the port of Incheon, South Korea, on Wednesday. It left Port Klang in Malaysia in early December, according to tracking site MarineTraffic.
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