© Reuters. Japan Coast Guard crews test a life boat drifting at sea close to the location of a cargo ship that sank off southwestern Japan on this handout picture launched on January 25, 2023. Courtesy of seventh Regional Coast Guard Headquarters – Japan Coast Guard/Handout through
TOKYO (Reuters) – Two individuals died and 9 had been lacking after a cargo ship sank off southwestern Japan early on Wednesday amid fierce winter winds, the coast guard mentioned, because it continued to seek for survivors.
Six individuals who had been rescued remained unconscious, whereas 5 had revived as of 8:30 p.m. native time (1130 GMT), the Japan Coast Guard mentioned, partly citing data from its South Korean counterpart.
The 6,651-tonne Hong Kong-registered “Jintian” – which had 22 crew on board who had been Chinese language or Myanmar nationals in response to media stories – issued a misery name late on Tuesday, the Japanese coast guard mentioned.
The realm 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.
Media stories cited an individual who had been on the ship as saying it had listed and took on water, and that each one the crew had been transferred to lifeboats.
There was no instant phrase on what prompted the vessel to capsize. A coast guard spokesperson mentioned winds had been robust on the time. Media stories mentioned the vessel was carrying lumber from Malaysia to Incheon, South Korea.
The coast guard sought help from patrol ships and plane within the neighborhood west of Nagasaki, authorities spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno mentioned.
The ship sank at 2.46 a.m. (1746 GMT on Tuesday), he added, quoting different vessels within the space.
The coast guard is “looking for cooperation from the Self-Defence Forces, South Korean Coast Guard, and vessels crusing close to the waters”, Matsuno advised reporters.
Western elements of Japan had been battered by winter storms that introduced freezing, windy situations on Tuesday.
A separate ship ran aground in heavy wind off the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday. Its 19 crew members from China had been rescued, media reported.