Wooden Schooner With 2 Supposedly North Korean Nationals Found Off Japan's Coast - Reports

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Wooden Schooner With 2 Supposedly North Korean Nationals Found Off Japan's Coast - Reports

TOKYO (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 13th January, 2019) A wooden schooner carrying two people reportedly coming from North Korea has been located off the northern coast of Japan's main Honshu island by the country's coast guard service, local media reported.

According to the Kyodo news agency, the Japan Coast Guard believes that the vessel could have been carried off North Korea to the Japanese coast by a current.

The two people found on board the vessel are conscious but it has not been confirmed so far that they are indeed North Korean nationals, the outlet added.

The location of the schooner has been reported by a local fisherman, who spotted the vessel near the town of Fukaura situated in the northern Aomori Prefecture, the newspaper said.

The authorities have not yet decided what to do with the schooner and the two people.

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