The 56 meter long, 409 dwt fishing vessel Kaisei Maru No.v8 caught fire off Shikoku Island, Kochi, Japan. The Japan Coast Guard was notified that contact with the fishing vessel was lost. Aircraft were dispatched and a rescue plane spotted the burning vessel off shore. No sign of the 7 crew as the blaze had burned the vessel to the waters edge. The cause of the fire was unknown. The Kaisei Maru No. 8 was reported to be en route to Wakayama. The Coast Guard has launched further search and rescue for the missing crewmen.
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