Two die and nine missing after cargo ship sinks off Japan

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TOKYO (Reuters) -Thirteen crew members were rescued from a cargo ship that sank off southwestern Japan early on Wednesday during fierce winter winds but two have since died, the coast guard said. Rescuers were searching for the remaining nine. The 6,651-tonne Hong Kong-registered “Jintian” issued a distress call late on Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard said. Media reported a person on the ship said it was listing and taking on water, and later reports said the 22 crew – all Chinese or Myanmar nationals – had transferred to lifeboats. There was no immediate word on what caused the vessel, which w…

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