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An inquest on five Japanese fishermen who died on board their ship last week found that their deaths were caused by gas poisoning. Cork coroner Cornelius Riordan said the captain of the Taisei Marul, the bosun, chief oiler and cook all died in a vain attempt to save the chief engineer, who had been overcome by freon gas while trying to repair the ship's refrigeration system in the engine room.

The accident happened during a stand-off between a 30-strong Japanese tuna fishing fleet and the Irish navy, close to the edge of the Irish Republic's 200-mile fishing limit off the coast of Co Galway.

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