At least 10 people died on missing Japanese tourist boat: 16 people searched in icy waters | abroad

UpdateTen people were killed in the disaster of an exploration boat off the coast of northern Japan. The search is still underway for the remaining 26 passengers. A spokesperson for the Japan Coast Guard said this on Sunday.


Last updated:
24-04-22, 11:17

source:, ANP, Belgium

There are seven men and three women. Only their deaths can be determined in the hospital. Some were rescued from the sea ice and others were found by the Coast Guard on shore.

There were 24 passengers on board KAZU I, including two children, as well as the captain and one of the crew members. They were wearing life jackets. Rescuers spent the night searching for survivors from the air and by boat in waters no higher than two to three degrees Celsius.

The captain informed on Saturday afternoon that the ship was on the list and threatened to sink† After that there is no longer a wireless connection. According to the authorities in the nearby town of Shari, waves were high in this part of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. Because of the sea waves, many fishing boats returned to port early Saturday. And the meteorologist warned of the approach of the low pressure area with increased winds.

Helicopters and patrol boats rushed to rescue the selected site near the Shiretoko Peninsula, a nature reserve recognized by UNESCO. According to Japanese public broadcaster ‘NHK’ He told the crew that the bow of their boat was clearing water and that the hull was tilted about 30 degrees as a result and was sinking. After that, contact with the crew members was lost. The search helicopters did not reach the area until four hours after the emergency call.

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Nothing is known about the nationality of the tourist.

floating ice

The boat was sailing in front of Kashuni Falls, a popular scenic spot near the tip of the peninsula, according to one of Japan’s leading newspapers, the Mainichi Shimbun, when the Coast Guard received the distress call. According to the operator’s website, the boat can accommodate up to 65 people.

Shiretoko National Park is located on the peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido, at the northernmost point of Japan’s four main islands, and is known as a popular ice spotting destination. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005 and is home to many rare animal and plant species.

Shiretoko Peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido.

Shiretoko Peninsula in northeastern Hokkaido. © Google Maps

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