Jin Tian cargo ship capsizes off the coast of Japan with 22 people on board


The Japanese Coast Guard told CNN that nine crew members are still missing after a cargo ship capsized off Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture on Wednesday.

The coast guard said it received a distress signal from the Hong Kong-flagged vessel Jin Tian late Tuesday while it was sailing 110 km (68 miles) west of the Dango Islands in the East China Sea with 22 crew on board.

The Japanese Coast Guard said it believed the crew – 14 Chinese and eight Myanmar nationals – were transferred to lifeboats before heavy seas affected their rescue.

The Japan Coast Guard said 13 crew members have been rescued so far — five by merchant ships sailing nearby, two by Japan Air Self-Defense Force helicopters and six by South Korean Maritime Police.

The coast guard said the Jin Tian was expected to arrive at the port of Incheon, South Korea, on Wednesday. It left the Malaysian Port Klang in early December, according to tracking website Marine Traffic.

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