Three people were dead and five missing in a fishing boat fire in waters near islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, Japan's coastguard said.
This file photo shows South Korean squid fishing boats sailing off Geojin port in Goseong, on August 1, 2009. Three people were dead and five missing on Friday in a fishing boat fire in waters near islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, according to Japan's coastguard.
"We have been informed by South Korean officials that three people died and five are missing from a South Korean fisheries ship that caught fire in waters near Uotsuri island," a spokesman said, referring to an island in the East China Sea.
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