April 4, 2011

The owner of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant confirmed the first deaths at the facility Sunday — two workers who went missing after the March 11 tsunami, whose bodies were found earlier this week.

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman said the bodies were found Wednesday. The announcement was delayed out of consideration for the families, he said.

“It pains me that these two young workers were trying to protect the power plant while being hit by the earthquake and tsunami,” Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata said in a statement.

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