An empty wooden vessel was found drifting off Japan’s western coast earlier this week.
It was found floating in a rocky area around 164 feet off the island of Hokkaido.
Though it’s not clear where the boat came from, town authorities think it may be from North Korea.
Dozens of “ghost ships” from North Korea have drifted on Japanese shores in the past.
An empty, overturned wooden boat has been found drifting off Japan’s western coast, and it could mark the start of another flood of “ghost ships” from North Korea to wash up on Japan’s shores.
The vessel, measuring 8-meters (26-feet) long, was found floating in a rocky area off the island of Hokkaido on Wednesday afternoon, Japan’s Sankei Shimbun reported.
An unidentified man spotted it while driving around the town of Matsumae-cho around 5:30 p.m. that day.
The Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting TV station aired a photo of the boat on Thursday:
Although it’s not clear where the boat came from, local media has reported town and maritime authorities as saying it could be from North Korea.
Local divers who examined the boat on Thursday morning, which by then had drifted about 50 meters (164 feet) off the Hokkaido coast, reported seeing neither crew members, nor writing, nor symbols indicating where it might come from.
But the shape and color of the boat found on Wednesday resembled other boats from North Korea that had drifted ashore in the past, the Sankei Shimbun reported, citing town authorities.
One hundred and four “ghost ships” — vessels discovered with no living crew — were found along Japan’s shores last year, the highest since authorities started collecting data in 2013. Many were found with dead bodies in them, whlie others were empty.
While Japanese authorities haven’t been able to definitively identify the origins of the boats found last year, multiple factors have …read more
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