Nov 24, 2017

Men found on boat in northeast Japan say they came from N. Korea

Men found on boat in northeast Japan say they came from N. Korea photo

AKITA, Japan - A boat carrying eight men claiming to be fishermen from North Korea has washed ashore in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Akita, police said Friday.

The police received a call from a resident in the city of Yurihonjo around 11:30 p.m. Thursday about suspicious men at the seaside. They later found the men on the wooden boat at a nearby marina.

The men had no life-threatening injuries and appeared to speak Korean, the police said. They have been taken into protective custody.

Hachiro Okonogi, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, told reporters after a Cabinet meeting that the men have said they were fishing before the boat broke down and washed ashore.

In November 2015 a wooden boat drifted ashore in the city of Noshiro in Akita and skeletal remains of two men were found inside the vessel and nearby.




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