Nine Missing After Chinese Ship Sinks Off Japan -Reports

The vessel is believed to have sunk in waters about 240 miles off Japan's Shimane Prefecture, marked by the pin above, at about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
The vessel is believed to have sunk in waters about 240 miles off Japan’s Shimane Prefecture, marked by the pin above, at about 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

A search is underway for nine missing crewmembers from a Chinese-flagged ship which sank Tuesday in the Sea of Japan, according to reports.

Nine people are believed missing after the MV Lurongyu 2859 sank off the coast of Shimane prefecture in western Japan, the Associated Press reports. Five are believed to have been rescued.

At least one Japanese coast guard patrol vessel is involved in the search, the report said.

The incident was confirmed by the Chinese Consulate-General in Osaka, Japan, Xinhua reports.