Sinking cargo ship abandoned in sea of Japan

A search and rescue is underway in the Sea of Japan following a distress call from a Cambodian-flagged cargo ship.

Reports say that a distress call was received Wednesday morning from MV Tong Yuan Hai located approximately 280 kilometers off Japan’s Ishikawa prefecture after the ship developed a list and was in danger of sinking.

All 14 crewmembers have been rescued from the vessel, which remains adrift in the Sea of Japan, local reports say.

The incident occurred as the vessel was sailing from the Russian port of Nakhodka to South Korea with a shipment of coal.

The search and rescue is being coordinated by the Korean Coast Guard.

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