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Cargo ship sinks between S. Korea and Japan; 2 dead, 9 missing

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Market Desk (online): Two person was confirmed dead and 9 others still missing after a cargo ship capsized off Nagasaki prefecture in southwestern Japan, the Chinese Consulate-General in Nagasaki confirmed Wednesday.

According to the consulate-general, 14 Chinese and 8 crew members from Myanmar were on the Hong Kong-registered cargo ship.

There were 22 people aboard the 6,651-ton ship named M.V. Jintian.

Japan’s coast guard said it received a distress call made around 11:15 pm (1415 GMT) on Tuesday from about 110 km west of the Danjo Islands.

Patrol boats and aircraft are searching for those who remain missing and are hoping they may be adrift in lifeboats.

The coast guard, however, has said the search and rescue efforts are being hampered by powerful winds in the vicinity of the cargo ship.

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