BEIJING — A Chinese official said on Thursday eight people were killed in the sinking of a cargo ship in the waters between Japan and South Korea.
Lyu Guijun, the consul general in the western Japanese city of Fukuoka, told state broadcaster CGTN that six of the eight victims were Chinese.
There were 22 crew members – 14 from China and eight from Myanmar – on the 6,551 ton Jin Tian. It sank about 160 kilometers (100 mi) southwest of Nagasaki, Japan, on Wednesday morning.
Five of the crew have been rescued, including four Chinese, Lyu said. According to varying reports, eight or nine are still missing.
Maritime transport websites said the ship departed Port Klang in Malaysia on Dec. 3 and headed for Incheon Port in South Korea. The ship registered in Hong Kong was carrying timber.