Three crewmen of the Kaisei Maru No. 8 were found dead on Monday after the Japanese tuna trawler was found engulfed in flames on Sunday in the Pacific. The bodies of the dead sailors were found about 50 kilometers from where the fire was initially reported. Another crew member, and Indonesian national, was also found alive and rescued on Monday.
The three crewmen of the tuna boat who died were identified as ship captain Naohiro Matsuoka, chief engineer Manabu Ichihara, both Japanese, and Indonesian crew member Yosan Safii. These crew members were all in cardiopulmonary arrest when spotted floating around 460 km from Cape Murotomisaki in Kochi Prefecture, officials from the Japanese Coast Guard said. The fire on the Kaisei Maru No. 8 had raged overnight since Sunday, and Coast Guard vessels who arrived on scene continued their search for possible survivors well into the night and the next morning.
Another Indonesian crew member was found alive by a fishing boat who had opted to join and help in the search, around 410 km south of Kochi Prefecture. The crew member identified himself as “Simon”, and is now being looked after by the Japanese Coast Guard, transferring the survivor to the mainland to a hospital by plane. “He is very weak, but conscious. He is not in a life-threatening condition,” the spokesman for the Coast Guard said. As for the ship catching fire, the Japan Transport Safety Board had already appointed two investigators on Monday to try to get to the bottom of the incident and identify the cause of the fire.