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Indonesian fisherman rescued in Pacific after tuna boat fire

Published on Mar 3, 2014 7:24 PM
 

TOKYO (AFP) - An Indonesian fisherman was rescued on Monday floating in the Pacific, 24 hours after his tuna fishing boat was seen engulfed by fire.

The man, identifying himself as Simon, was rescued by another fishing boat helping in the search for the Japanese-registered No. 8 Kaisei-maru, which was found in flames on Sunday, about 410 km south of Kochi prefecture in western Japan, the coastguard said.

Two Japanese and five Indonesian men were on board the vessel when it stopped responding to radio communications early that day, according to the coastguard.

"An Indonesian native, who is calling himself Simon, has been found and rescued" by a boat operating near No. 8 Kaisei-maru, a spokesman for the coastguard said.

 
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