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Fishermen find Japan tsunami skiff

Hawaii fishermen have found a 16-foot Japanese skiff swept out to sea by last year's tsunami and brought it to Honolulu.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said the crew of the fishing boat Zephyr found the small boat intact and floating about 700 miles north east of Maui.

The Japanese consulate in Honolulu said the boat is registered in Iwate, a north eastern prefecture hit by the tsunami. The owner does not want it back.

Hawaii officials checked the boat for invasive species and radiation as a precaution but found nothing of concern.

The boat is the second confirmed piece of tsunami debris to arrive in Hawaii. Last month, a large blue plastic bin from Fukushima was found floating in waters off eastern Oahu.

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