TOKYO, Nov. 27 (UPI) — Nearly a dozen fishing boats, some with bodies aboard, have been drifting into Japanese waters, boosting speculations of migrations from close by North Korea.
In the past two months, the Japanese coastline guard has found eleven wooden boats, most in poor shape, both drifting off the coastline or beached on land going through North Korea throughout the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea. Some of the boat had fishing gear. At least twenty five bodies have been discovered aboard the vessels. The most recent boat found had 3 primarily-decomposed bodies.
“We are carrying out an investigation into these vessels and the place they come from, though reviews that Hangul people were on the boats are appropriate,” explained coastguard spokesman Yoshiaki Hiroto, referring to the Korean alphabet.
Officials said it is unlikely the boats had been becoming utilized by North Korean brokers to infiltrate Japan or smuggle medicines simply because they ended up in this kind of shoddy problem and lacked modern tools such as radar. The boats may have been fishing vessels that drifted also far and and ran out of gasoline, some speculate.