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Cargo Ship With 22 Aboard Sinks Off Southwestern Japan

  • Five Chinese nationals rescued from the ship carrying hardwood
  • The incident comes during an unusually frigid week in Japan
The Jin Tian cargo ship’s last reported location before capsizing with 22 aboard.
The Jin Tian cargo ship’s last reported location before capsizing with 22 aboard.
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The Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship Jin Tian sank off southwestern Japan and efforts are underway to rescue some of the 22 crew members.

The vessel sank 110 kilometers west of the remote Danjo islands early morning Wednesday, part of Nagasaki prefecture, a Japan Coast Guard spokesman said, confirming an earlier Kyodo News report. The coast guard received a distress call at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, he said, adding the cause of the ship sinking was still unknown.