Chinese Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Southern Japan, Media Reports

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Chinese cargo ship Shin Haijo 2 has run aground between the islands of Ishigaki and Kohama in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, Japanese broadcaster reported on Tuesday, citing the country’s coast guard.

The distress signal came at around 9:30 a.m local time (00:30 GMT). Nineteen crew members were evacuated by a helicopter. No injuries were reported.

Strong waves and storm winds are observed in the area of the incident. Experts do not exclude the risk of the ship’s sinking, media said.

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