Cargo ship Jin Tian crosses the coast of Japan with 22 on board

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Five crew members have been rescued and efforts are underway to rescue 17 others after a cargo ship capsized off Japan’s Nagasaki prefecture on Wednesday, the Japan Coast Guard told CNN.

The coast guard said they received a distress signal from the Hong Kong-flagged vessel Jin Tian late Tuesday night as it was traveling 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of the Danjo Islands in the East China Sea.

The crew – 14 Chinese nationals and eight from Myanmar – are believed to have been transferred to lifeboats before rough seas affected the rescue, the Japanese Coast Guard said.

The coast guards have sent two patrol boats to the scene, and three private ships, including a tanker, which were traveling nearby are involved in the rescue operation, he said.

The coast guard said the vessel was expected to arrive at the port of Incheon, South Korea, on Wednesday. It left Malaysia’s Port Klang in early December, according to tracking site MarineTraffic.

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