Posted on October 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Panama-flagged General Cargo Ship, JIA DE sank during the evening hours of October the 12th, after it was caught in the middle of the typhoon HAGIBIS.
The incident took place at 23:20 pm, Tokyo Time, off the coast of Kawasaki City, part of the Yokohama prefecture of Japan.
It is not yet clear if the vessel had been en-route or anchored at the time. The AIS of the vessel was lost by 21:40 pm on Saturday evening.
The sunken wreck of the Jia De was discovered on Sunday morning. Upon discovery, the Japanese Coast Guard proceeded to launch a full-scale search & rescue operation to locate the crew members of the sunken vessel.
Thankfully four of the 12-member crew of the Jia De were successfully rescued. Unfortunately, however, the Japanese Coast Guard also discovered the bodies of five dead crewmen during their search.
The search is still on-going for the last three missing crewmembers of the Jia De.
According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the Jia De was crewed by three Myanmarese, Seven Chinese and two Vietnamese seafarers at the time of the incident.
Typhoon Hagibis has caused significant widespread damage in central and eastern Japan over the weekend. At least 25 people died and 15 others were missing. It is considered to be the strongest storm to hit Japan since Typhoon Ida back in 1958.