A Hong Kong cargo ship sank in the waters between Korea and Japan, and the Coast Guard is conducting rescue operations in collaboration with the Japan Coast Guard.

According to the Jeju Regional Maritime Police Agency, at around 3:07 am today (25th), the distress location automatic transmission device (EPIRB) of the cargo ship JIN TIAN (6,551t), which was sailing in the sea between Korea and Japan, 148.2 km southeast of Seogwipo-si, Jeju, was sailing in the waters between Korea and Japan. worked.

When a ship sinks, the EPIRB automatically explodes due to the water pressure in the sea and floats to the surface to send a distress signal.

When the coast guard was dispatched to the scene, the accident cargo ship was completely sunk.

The Coast Guard believes that the accident cargo ship EPIRB has already sunk at the time of operation.

The accident cargo ship previously sent a DSC distress signal operated by pressing a button at around 1:45 am today, and it was found that contact was lost during a satellite phone call at around 2:41 am.

The Coast Guard, in collaboration with the Japan Coast Guard, is carrying out rescue operations for sailors drifting on the sea at the site of the accident.

Three of the 22 crew members were said to have been rescued by nearby ships.

It is known that there were 14 Chinese and 8 Myanmarese on board the accident vessel, and there were no Koreans.

(Photo = Yonhap News)