1 dead, 8 missing after Japan crab boat capsizes


TOKYO: One crew member of a crab fishing boat has died and eight others remain missing after the vessel capsized off Japan’s western coast, coast guard officials said on Wednesday. The 76-ton fishing boat Daifukumaru capsized in the Sea of Japan just off Shimane prefecture at about 5:20 a.m. (2020 GMT Tuesday), leaving all nine crew on board missing, a Japan Coast Guard spokesman earlier told Agence France-Presse. Coast guard rescuers on a helicopter spotted a man floating with his face down five hours after the accident and took him to hospital where he was confirmed dead, another spokesman said. Patrol boats and aircraft are continuing to search for eight other men still missing, he added. The nine crew members include eight Japanese and one Indonesian. The nationality of the man discovered has yet to be confirmed, according to coastguard officials.


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