Jan 25, 2023 15:54 UTC

South Korean and Japanese coast guards on Wednesday continued to search for 9 crew members still missing, after rescuing 13 crew from a cargo ship that sank off southwestern Japan during fierce winter winds.

According to Reuters, planes and ships, including private vessels, were assisting in the search of an area lying some 110 km (68 miles) west of the Danjo Islands.

Still photographs provided by South Korea's Coast Guard showed its vessels approaching inflatable rescue rafts floating on the waters.

According to the Japan Coast Guard, a distress call came from the vessel "Jintian" - a 6,651-tonne Hong Kong-registered vessel - late on Tuesday night.

The area where the ship sank is between Nagasaki and South Korea's Jeju Island, where hundreds of flights were cancelled on Tuesday because of harsh weather conditions.