More Bodies Believed North Korean Wash Up on Japan Coast

More Bodies Believed North Korean Wash Up on Japan Coast

December 04, 2017 02:27 PM

TOKYO (AP) - Three more bodies and a dilapidated wooden boat have washed ashore in northern Japan in a seasonal influx that has sharply increased this year.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

Winds and water currents push dozens of boats onto Japan's northern coasts annually, mostly rickety North Korean boats that lack the sturdiness and equipment to return home.

The Coast Guard said a Japanese fishing boat picked up a male body floating off the coast of Sakata in Yamagata prefecture Monday, and two more bodies washed up on the nearby beach an hour and half later. Officials are investigating if the bodies were from a boat that washed ashore Saturday.

Twenty-eight similar boat arrivals were detected in November, up from 4 last year.

Authorities are investigating 18 survivors from those boats who say they are North Korean.


Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Relay Media Amp

Family and Friends Welcome Home Over 200 148th Fighter Wing Members

Gogebic County Sheriff's Deputy Struck by Vehicle

3 Minnesota Prison Officers Resign After Colleague's Death

Minneapolis to Release Police Shooting Video by End of July

Nolan Staying on Swanson Ticket Despite Calls to Step Aside

Former Campaign Manager Joe Radinovich, Others Weigh in on Nolan Staffer Allegations