2 Dead, 9 Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks Off Coasts of Japan and South Korea: Reports

2 Dead, 9 Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks Off Coasts of Japan and South Korea: Reports.

2 Dead, Cargo Ship Sinks, Japan and South Korea

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Officials said 13 of 22 crew members had been retrieved by search teams after a cargo ship sank Wednesday morning in the waters between South Korea and Japan.

Per the Associated Press, the Japanese coast guard said the 6,551-ton Jin Tian ship sank three and a half hours after it sent a distress call around 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday night.

At around 2:41 a.m., the ships captain informed the Jeju Island coast guard that the crew was abandoning the vessel, according to the AP. The ship was transporting lumber.

South Korean officials picked up six crew members using coast guard vessels. In addition, a cargo ship in the area retrieved five members from the water while Japan Air Self-Defense Force helicopters picked up two, according to CNN.

According to Reuters, the Japanese coast guard is "seeking cooperation from the Self-Defence Forces, South Korean Coast Guard, and vessels sailing near the waters," government spokesperson Hirokazu Matsuno said.

AP reported on Wednesday morning that the South Korean and Japanese coast guards continued the search for the missing crew members. The teams are being assisted by two commercial cargo ships.

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