caption The Japan Coast Guard found this wooden boat carrying eight partially skeletal bodies in Oga, western Japan, in November 2017. source Kyodo via Reuters 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… Read full this story
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