Men Found On Boat In Northeast Japan Say They Came From N. Korea

A drifting boat from North Korea is seen about 140km (87 miles) northeast of the Oki islands, in this handout photo released by 8th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard, December 12, 2012. Japan Coast Guard said on Wednesday it has rescued four people aboard a North Korean boat that had been drifting in the Sea of Japan, Kyodo news reported. The four male crew told the coast guard that they came from North Korea and had been drifting due to engine trouble, according to the coast guard. MANDATORY CREDIT. REUTERS/8th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout (JAPAN - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - GM1E8CC1MMA01

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

The men had no life-threatening injuries and appeared to speak Korean, the police said. Read more here.



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