• Kyodo


Police on Friday recovered the bodies of two of the seven people who disappeared after their yacht capsized and sank in Lake Biwa earlier this week.

Officials recovered the bodies of a girl and a man who were spotted Thursday during a search of the lake bottom using an underwater camera.

Police identified the two as Aki Kanazawa, 11, and Tatsuji Yonezawa, 41, adding that neither was wearing a life jacket.

On Thursday, the body of Masashi Kanazawa, 43, was found and recovered from the bottom of Japan’s largest freshwater lake about 1.2 km from shore. The searchers also found the yacht Falcon nearby that day.

Also on Thursday, searchers recovered the body of 2-year-old Takumi Yonezawa, found floating about 4 km from the east shore of the lake. Some 250 searchers, including police and coast guard officers and citizen volunteers, are trying to find the remaining three bodies.

The overcrowded 6.4-meter yacht, owned by businessman Yoshitada Kawashima, 47, and certified to carry 10 people, capsized with 12 passengers, including five children, about 2 km from shore.

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