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Japanese tourist's body found in sea after appeal

By Ed Carty

Published 31/08/2015

Eiji Takagi
Eiji Takagi
Ushio Azaki

The body of a Japanese tourist who went missing with his partner more than a week ago has been found by divers off the west coast of Ireland.

Eiji Takagi (63), who has joint American and Japanese nationality, and Ushio Azaki (61) arrived in Ireland from Tokyo on August 18.

The Irish Coastguard in Kilkee said Mr Takagi's body was recovered at about noon yesterday in water off George's Head, Co Clare.

Dive teams are planning to recommence the search for his partner Ms Azaki.

It is understood Mr Takagi's body was found below the cliff in water about 27 metres deep.

The couple hired a car at Shannon airport and stayed at a number of lodgings along the west coast before the vehicle was seen parked at George's Head over the course of several days.

The pair had checked out of a hotel in Spanish Point, Co Clare, on the day they are believed to have disappeared and were due to catch a flight back to Tokyo, via Heathrow, last Monday.

And separately, a 73-year-old man from Wiltshire died off the coast of Co Wexford after a boat capsized, leaving 10 people in the sea for five hours.

The man, from Salisbury, was on a fishing trip with his family, which included seven other men, a woman and a teenage boy near the Saltee Islands.

Their rigid inflatable was swamped by a wave on Saturday and they were in the water for about five hours before being pulled out by staff on the local ferry and volunteer lifeboat crew.

A coastguard helicopter transferred the elderly man to University Hospital Waterford, where he was later pronounced dead.

The other nine people were transferred by road to Wexford General Hospital.

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