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North Koreans rescued as Chong Gen sinks off Japan

Friday, 13 January 2017

TOKYO: Japan rescued 26 North Koreans after they abandoned their sinking cargo vessel in the East China Sea, the coast guard said.

Japan Coast Guard patrol boats plucked the ship’s entire crew out of the water in the early hours of the morning after they had abandoned the vessel and taken to life boats.

A distress signal was received on Wednesday from the 6,558-tonne Chong Gen which began sinking about 60km southwest of Fukue island in Nagasaki prefecture.

The ship finally sank before dawn some 27km from the island.

The coast guard cited the crew as saying the ship was transporting rice from North Korea’s port of Nampo on its west coast to the east coast city of Wonsan.

That route entails travelling around the southern end of the Korean peninsula.

Source by: Internet

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