Cargo ship sinks, leaving 8 missing

Published January 25th, 2023 - 06:47 GMT
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This handout photo from the Korea Coast Guard taken and released on January 25, 2023 shows coast guard forces searching for missing people after a Hong Kong cargo ship sank off South Korea's southern island of Jeju. (Photo by Handout / KOREA COAST GUARD / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Eight people remain missing after a cargo ship sank between Japan and South Korea on Wednesday.  According to the Associated Press, rescue teams assisted 14  out of 22 people abroad the vessel.

There were no immediate reports on deaths, but South Korean officials noted that nine of the rescued people are unconscious.

Ships searching in wind-whipped waters between South Korea and Japan have picked up 12 of 22 crew members from a cargo ship that sank. Officials said 11 were unconscious. Rough conditions were slowing the search for the 10 still missing.

— The Associated Press (@AP) January 25, 2023

Despite bad weather conditions, search continues by rescue teams in South Korea and Japan for the missing.

The Japanese coast guard said that five of those who were rescued from the cargo ship – all Chinese nationals – were still alive.

Japanese coast guard spokesperson Shinya Kitahara said that the Jin Tian ship sank about three-and-a-half hours after it sent a distress call at around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

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