LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) A one-armed Japanese sailor may have been captured by pirates off Seychelles, a U.S. newspaper reported on its Internet edition Friday.

“Akio Yonago’s 36-foot sailboat, the Emu II, may have been one of two vessels recently captured off Seychelles,” said the Santa Cruz Sentinel in California.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry said that while it has not been able to reach Yonago since he sailed out from Seychelles on April 28, it was not able to confirm whether he has been seized by pirates as reported.

Yonago is known for his adventurous voyages, including sailing solo across the Pacific and the Atlantic in 1997.

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