AFP | | Posted by Ritu Maria Jani.
A Chinese diplomat told state media on Thursday that eight people, including six Chinese nationals, have died after a ship capsized off the coast of Japan.
Jintian sent a distress signal on Tuesday evening from a position 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of the remote and uninhabited Danjo Islands in southwestern Japan.
Japan’s coast guard and several military ships and aircraft, as well as South Korea’s coast guard and private vessels, participated in the search operation and rescued 13 crew members.
China’s consul general in Fukuoka city, Lu Guijin, told state broadcaster CGTN that eight of the 13 bodies found have been confirmed dead, six of whom are Chinese.
“Five of them — including four Chinese crew members — are in non-life-threatening conditions,” he added.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the unfortunate victims.”
Japanese officials have not yet confirmed the number given by the Chinese diplomat, telling AFP on Thursday that they could only say nine were missing and two of the 13 had died.