JAPANESE TOURIST DROWNS IN BORA-BORA

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PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia (August 22, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---A 44-year-old Japanese tourist died last Friday on Bora Bora (west of Tahiti), the daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The Japanese man had rented a kayak and was canoeing with his 14-year-old son in the lagoon nearby the luxury Pearl Beach Resort Hotel.

A preliminary enquiry says the kayak capsized.

The teenager was later found in a state of shock.

A search party later located the father’s body.

Meanwhile, two Canadian yachties who had been missing since May onboard the sloop "Karmela" have arrived at Vaitape Harbour (Bora-Bora).

Early in July, the French Navy received an alert from the U.S. Coast Guard, saying the sloop had left San Diego (United States) in early May bound for the Marquesas islands (north French Polynesia) but never reached its destination.

Since then, the French Navy and gendarmes kept up a search for the couple and consulted with U.S. authorities, primarily in Hawai‘i.

French Polynesia's customs patrol boat Arafenua towed the yacht to shore on August 12, after locating it in the Society Islands.

The two Canadians are said to be in good health, but "exhausted" after 85 days at sea.

Their engine had broken down.

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