Wednesday, January 25, 2023
A South Korean Coast Guard spokesman said today, Wednesday, that at least 14 crew members of a cargo ship have been rescued after it sank in the sea between South Korea and Japan.
However, the spokesman added that it was not clear how many of the ship’s crew were still alive. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that at least 11 people were unconscious when they were rescued.
The ship sent out a distress call Wednesday morning, 150 km southeast off South Korea’s Jeju Island, according to Yonhap. When the Coast Guard arrived at the site, the ship had already sunk. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.
According to preliminary data, there were 22 people on board the ship, which weighs 6,551 tons, and was carrying the Hong Kong flag and transporting wood.
The spokesman explained that the South Korean Coast Guard forces rescued six of the ship’s crew members, while the Japanese Coast Guard forces and civilian ships rescued the rest.