A general cargo ship sank on Friday off Japan’s northern coast leaving three crew members dead.
Two of those that died were from China, the other from Myanmar. The three men were pulled from the cold waters unconscious and were confirmed dead later in hospital, according to the coast guard.
Local media reports that seven others were rescued. The survivors included men from Bangladesh, including the master, and five Chinese.
The 1,915-ton Cambodia-registered Ming Guang was carrying scrap metal from the northern Japanese port of Hakodate to South Korea when it started leaking late on Thursday. The crew abandoned ship just before it sank.