18 Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks in Japan

Four rescued, 18 still missing in cargo ship accident off Japanese coast

The Japanese coast guard reported on Wednesday that it had rescued four crew members from a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship named Jintan which sank overnight in the southwest of the country. However, 18 others are still missing.

A coast guard spokesperson said, “At 07:14 (22:14 GMT) four Chinese nationals were rescued, but we are continuing the search for the remaining 18 members. One aircraft is on site and two ships are on the way.”

The Jintan had issued a distress call at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday, when it was 110 km west of the remote Danjo Islands in southwestern Japan. The crew onboard included 14 Chinese and eight Burmese nationals.

The accident occurred as a cold front hit Japan, with heavy snowfall in some areas and temperatures of 3 degrees Celsius during the day near the rescue site. The search for the missing 18 crew members is still ongoing, with the coast guard offering assistance.

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