Eight Bodies Found in Ship Washed Ashore in Northeastern Japan (News)


Akita, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)—Eight bodies were found Monday in a wooden ship that washed ashore in the northeastern Japan city of Oga, Akita Prefecture.

The Akita office of the Japan Coast Guard is investigating the ship and the nationality of the bodies. It is one of several wooden ships found off the Japanese coast this month that may have come from North Korea.

The coast guard received on Friday morning a report of a wooden ship drifting some 300 meters from the coast in Oga, which faces the Sea of Japan.

The wooden ship in which eight bodies were found, pictured after it had been moved to Yurihonjō, Akita Prefecture, on November 24, 2017. (© Jiji)

This was followed by a similar report from a local resident to police on Sunday. The police found the wooden ship stranded on a beach but could not investigate within the day due to high waves.

The ship, seven meters long and two to three meters wide, had an eight-digit number written on its bow, according to informed sources.

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