A Japanese fishing vessel swept away by the March 2011 tsunami has been spotted adrift off the west coast of Canada.
An aircraft patrolling the seas off British Columbia saw the 15m (50ft) vessel seen floating 275km (170 miles) from the Haida Gwaii islands on Friday.
It is believed to be the first large item from the millions of tonnes of tsunami debris to cross the Pacific.
No-one is believed to be on board the ship, registered in Hokkaido, Japan…
The main mass of the debris is not expected to make landfall in North America until March 2014.