• Kyodo


Two people died and five were still missing after a fishing boat carrying 10 people capsized on Lake Saroma in northeastern Hokkaido on Saturday morning, local authorities said.

The 10 are Ground Self-Defense Force personnel stationed in the city of Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Two of the five rescued anglers died after being taken to hospital. They were identified as Sgt. Maj. Masami Nakamura, 49, and Sgt. 1st Class Toshiaki Kajino, 37, GSDF officials said.

Local authorities were searching for the missing five.

The 10 were thrown overboard when their recreational fishing boat Hayabusa capsized, the authorities said.

The 8.6-meter boat may have capsized between Lake Saroma and the Sea of Okhotsk due to high waves, they said, although the weather was fine and strong winds were not reported at the time of the accident.

Lake Saroma, Japan’s third-largest lake, covers 150 sq. km and is a center of scallop cultivation. Many fishing boats cruise the lake for Atka mackerel and cod.

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