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2018 'Ghost Ship': Boat Washed Ashore is Second This Year

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 10:57 AM

A so-called "ghost ship," the second found in 2018, reportedly washed ashore in central Japan with eight badly decomposed bodies.

The Japan coast guard found eight dead men inside or near the wreckage of a boat that washed up at in Kanazawa, Japan, on Honshu Island, believed to be from North Korea, officials told AFP. Authorities found seven bodies inside the boat and the last body 15 feet from the boat, the news agency said.

Kyodo News reported that police found a badge bearing a portrait of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and a cigarette box with Hangul letters. Kyodo said a thorough search of the boat had been hampered because of bad weather.

On Jan. 10, the Japan coast guard found a body about 15 meters from where the boat was washed ashore, Kyodo said. An autopsy on the body revealed that the man was probably in his 30s to 50s and had died about last September, the news agency wrote.

"It is difficult to identify the bodies as they had begun to decompose," senior police official Hiroshi Abe told Sky News. "We spotted a tobacco box which carries some Korean letters, but we can't confirm the boat came from North Korea."

Suspected cases of North Korean boat arrivals jumped to a high 104 last year since comparable data became available in 2013, according to Kyodo News. Sky News reported that 66 ships had washed ashore in 2016.

A Japan coast guard official told Kyodo News as more North Korean boats work in richer fishing grounds off the Sea of Japan, rough winter seas are probably causing the boats to capsize. Sky News wrote that the crews on the washed up boats are often already dead when they are found, leading to the local media nicknaming them "ghost ships."

Sky News reported that Japan officials found eight decomposed bodies in another small wooden vessel on the island of Sado in the Sea of Japan last November, just days after two bodies were found on the same beach.

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A so-called "ghost ship" washed ashore in central Japan with eight badly decomposed bodies. It is the second such boat found in 2018.
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Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 10:57 AM
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