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Iwakuni Marine Corps Air Station personnel patrolling the harbor early Friday morning rescued two Japanese fishermen from their sinking boat.

A military police patrol noticed the fishermen’s signal light in the water adjacent to Penny Lake at about 5 a.m., according to Capt. Stewart Upton, a base spokesman.

Weather conditions were rough late Thursday and into Friday morning, he added. The fishermen’s boat was damaged and sinking.

Military police immediately notified a port security boat patrol. When it arrived at the scene, personnel pulled the fishermen from the water.

Upton said neither was injured.

The fishermen were not in a restricted area.

“Fishermen are very important around here, and there are places where they know the fishing is not restricted,” Upton said.

Base personnel moved the capsized craft to the boat ramp by approximately 5:30 a.m.

After the rescue, the fishermen were transported to the main gate at Iwakuni and handed over to Japanese police, who escorted them back to their vehicle.

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