More than a dozen crew members have been pulled from the water during search and rescue operations after a cargo ship sank in the sea between South Korea and Japan. At least 14 sailors had been recovered by early Wednesday afternoon (local time), a spokesman for the South Korean Coast Guard said. However, it is initially unclear how many of them are still alive. Six were recovered by South Korea's coast guard and the rest by the Japanese coast guard and civilian ships nearby.
According to preliminary information, 22 people were on board the 6,551-ton Hong Kong-registered cargo ship Jin Tian, which had been carrying wood. The ship made an emergency call about 150 kilometers southeast of the South Korean island of Jeju early in the morning, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. When the coast guard reached the targeted location, the ship had already sunk in the sea. The reason for this was initially unclear.