Off the coast of Japan, a Chinese cargo ship goes down

An international crew from China and Myanmar worked on the 6-ton chainese watercraft Jin Tian. According to Chinese media, only five of the 13 people found have survived.

According to Chinese media, eight people died when a cargo ship sank off the coast of Japan on Tuesday due to bad weather. According to a government official who spoke to state channel CGTN on Thursday, six of the deceased were Chinese nationals.

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The incident occurred in southwest Japan, around 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of the isolated and uninhabited Danjo Islands. A crew from China and Myanmar worked on the ship Jin Tian.

According to Japan’s coast guard, the 6,651-ton yacht was registered in Hong Kong.

On Tuesday evening, the ship’s skipper informed South Korea’s coast guard that the crew would leave ship in a distress call. The ship eventually sank at around 2:46 in the morning local time (5:46pm UTC on Tuesday).

A South Korean coast guard spokeswoman claimed the area was experiencing severe winds at the time of the incident, though no immediate cause for the sinking has been identified.

This week, much of Asia had a cold snap, with daytime temperatures in some of the Japanese islands closest to the rescue site only reaching 3 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit).

Tuesday’s harsh weather resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights to the South Korean island of Jeju.

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