• Kyodo


A man died and another was missing Friday after their motorboat capsized in high waves caused by Typhoon Megi off Fukui Prefecture.

Hiroyuki Yoshida, 27, Yoichiro Ito, 24, Miyuki Yoneda, 18, and Sosuke Sakai, 32, took the boat out to sea off Fukui on Thursday morning. Their boat experienced engine trouble and began to drift. It capsized around 5 a.m. Friday, police said, quoting survivors.

Clutching the overturned boat, the four drifted roughly 40 km before nearing Atake Beach in Komatsu, Ishikawa Prefecture. Yoshida then swam to shore around 7 a.m. and sought help.

The boat later hit a breakwater, tossing the three into the sea. Ito and Yoneda were later washed ashore, but only Yoneda survived.

Ito was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital, police said. Ishikawa police were still searching for Sakai.

None of the four was wearing life vests, and only Ito and Yoneda were wearing swimsuits, according to investigators.

The local meteorological observatory forecast winds of up to 72 kph off Ishikawa and waves as high as 6 meters from late Thursday evening to early Friday.

The four were colleagues at a Fukui company that operates pachinko parlors. They had been playing on a Fukui beach with other employees of the firm Thursday.

Death toll reaches 10

The death toll from Typhoon Megi rose to 10 Friday when a man in Yamagata Prefecture was killed by a falling advertising display that was blown off by strong winds, police said.

Kimio Kudo, 68, was riding his minibike on his way to a hospital when he was hit by the display at around 5:40 a.m.

According to local police, the display, made of galvanized steel, measured roughly 2.7 by 3.5 meters.

A man and his two sons were meanwhile slightly injured when strong winds blew out a window at their home in the city of Tsuruoka in the prefecture.

The typhoon, the season’s 15th, brought heavy rain to southwestern and western Japan before hitting the Tsugaru Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture shortly after 6 a.m., the Meteorological Agency said.

Megi, which means fish in Korean, is the fifth typhoon to strike Japan this year, the fastest pace for the months to August since 1962, according to agency officials.

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