The confirmed death toll from the crash of a Self-Defense Forces helicopter rose to five Tuesday as a search continued for the missing people in waters off Okinawa Prefecture's Miyako Island.

Three new deaths were confirmed on the same day, the SDF said. It had found the remains of five people and part of the Ground Self-Defense Force's UH-60JA helicopter on Sunday.

The chopper disappeared off the southern prefecture's Miyako Island with 10 aboard in early April.