EIGHT RESCUED OFF WAKE ISLAND

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All eight crew members who abandoned their burning fishing boat 165 miles southeast of Wake Island last week were safely rescued from a life raft over the weekend.

Before being pulled aboard a sister ship, the crew members of the Houei Maru No. 81 were dropped survival equipment by US and Japanese aircraft which flew over the scene of the accident.

The Japanese Maritime Safety Agency is investigating the cause of the ship's fire.

Wake Island, in the North Pacific, is a US territory claimed by some Marshall Islands political factions.

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