FISHERMEN in Hawaii have found a 16ft Japanese skiff swept out to sea by last year's tsunami and brought it to Honolulu.

Officials said the crew of the fishing boat Zephyr found the small boat intact and floating about 700 miles northeast of Maui. The Japanese consulate in Honolulu said it was registered in Iwate, a northeastern area hit by the tsunami. The owner does not want it back.

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

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