The Chinese Embassy confirmed to Xinhua that five Chinese crewmembers died, three are missing and four have been rescued from the Panama-registered vessel that sank in Tokyo Bay, Saturday October 12.
Specifically, the cargo ship “Jia De” was anchored off the coast of Kawasaki city, south of Tokyo, when it got hit by the Typhoon Hagibis. The vessel’s AIS was lost around 9:40 p.m. (1240 GMT) on Saturday.
Moreover, the Embassy is closely monitoring the situation and is in close contact with the Chinese Coast Guard, pressuring them to boost the search operations for the missing crewmembers.
The cargo vessel had 12 crewonboard, 7 Chinese, 3 Myanmar, and 2 Vietnamese.
The vessel was discovered undersea on October 13.
In light of the approaching typhoon, Japan Club, the previous week, highlighted that shipowners and vessels should be extra cautious of the weather conditions, and should ensure the safety of their crew and their vessels.