26 N. Koreans rescued as cargo ship sinks off Japan
Japan rescued 26 North Koreans after they abandoned their sinking cargo vessel in the East China Sea, the coast guard said Thursday. 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 Wednesday from the 6,558-tonne Chong Gen which began sinking about 60 kilometres (37 miles) southwest of Fukue island in Nagasaki prefecture, the spokesman said. The ship finally sank before dawn some 27 kilometres from the island.