Decomposed bodies found on boat in northern Japan

A wooden boat containing 8 human bodies has been found washed ashore in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan.

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Japan Coast Guard officials say they found the partly decomposed remains while performing an onboard investigation on Monday. The boat was discovered the day before on a beach in Oga City.

There are no survivors. The age and sex of the bodies have not been identified.

The officials say the boat measures about 7 meters and an eight-digit number has been painted on the vessel.

The boat appears to have lost its mobility as the rotor blade and the directional device are missing.

There is no fishing equipment inside the boat.

There have been no reports of a Japanese wooden boat gone missing. Coast Guard officials say it’s highly likely a foreign boat that drifted ashore.

Recently, vessels believed to be from the Korean Peninsula have been found along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

Last week, a boat carrying 8 men, believed to be from North Korea, was washed ashore in Yurihonjo City, also in Akita Prefecture.

Source and image: NHK
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