|Fishing boats off the coast of Piura in northern Peru. (Photo: Travelpod.com)|
Ten fishermen from the northern Peru port of Piura have been missing since last Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. They set sail from the cove Puerto Rico de Bayóvar, in the Sechura province, aboard a vessel named “El Cholo,” according to RPP.
Their families have not received any word of their whereabouts since last week, and it is unclear whether they ever returned to the mainland. They have asked port authorities to mount a search.
Last Friday, a tsunami alert was raised for the entire Peruvian coast after the severe waves and violent earthquake that struck the northeastern shore of Japan. It is unknown if the men were unaware of the alert or if they decided to set sail despite the warnings.