Seven missing as boat capsizes off disputed Japan islands

Seven missing as boat capsizes off disputed Japan islands

TOKYO: Japan’s coastguard stated Monday it was trying to find seven individuals lacking after their boat capsized and was noticed in waters off the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islets, that are additionally claimed by China.

The overturned boat was noticed on Sunday afternoon, drifting in waters north of the islands by a Japanese navy patrol within the space, coastguard spokesman Keisuke Nakao advised AFP.

The crews are one Taiwanese and 6 Indonesians, he added.

“We’ve got been looking out the world with patrol ships and helicopters since receiving the knowledge at round 1:30 pm (0430 GMT) Sunday” from the Maritime Self-Protection Power, he stated.

Native media in Japan stated the boat was Taiwanese, however the coastguard stated it had few particulars but on the vessel, although it “appears to be a fishing boat”.

Nakao stated Japanese authorities have been coordinating with their counterparts in Taiwan, which additionally lays declare to the Senkaku islets. Beijing calls the uninhabited territory the Diaoyu Islands.

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