Tuesday, September 23, 2008
A 3.2-ton leisure fishing boat with 10 people aboard sank off Niigata Port killing two and leaving one missing. The Japan Coast Guard said it received a report from the skipper of another leisure boat around 10:45 a.m. that it had lost contact with the No. 7 Koyo Maru about 20 kilometers north-northwest off Niigata Port.Coast guard patrols rescued nine of the 10 around 1:45 p.m. They were hanging on to a cooler box and other floating objects. However, skipper Fumio Sogabe, 64, and Keiichi Sato, a 48-year-old employee of a Niigata paper company, were later pronounced dead at a hospital. Sato's father-in-law, Shozo Okura, 69, remains missing.