13 of 22 crew members on board ill-fated cargo ship in Japan rescued, one dead, 7 develop cardiac arrest and 9 still missing


25th January 2023 – (Nagasaki prefecture) The Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship Jin Tian has sunk off south-western Japan and rescue efforts are still under way. The vessel carrying 22 crew members sank early on Wednesday 110 kilometres west of the remote Danjo islands, part of Nagasaki prefecture, a Japan Coast Guard spokesman said, confirming an earlier Kyodo News report. The coast guard received a distress call at 11.15pm on Tuesday, he said, adding the cause of the sinking was still unknown.

The ship was carrying 22 Chinese and Burmese crew members. According to the Chinese Consulate General in Nagasaki, 13 crew members have been rescued, 1 of whom died, 7 had cardiac arrest and 9 are missing. South Korean officials pointed out that high winds and rough seas at the scene hindered the rescue progress.

The Chinese Consulate General in Nagasaki confirmed that 4 Chinese crew members and 1 Burmese crew member were found and rescued by a Chinese ship, and all 5 are in good health. In addition, the Japanese Self-Defence Forces found two people, one of whom was a Burmese crew member and he was certified dead while the other was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. The South Korean Coast Guard found 6 victims, all in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest.