A boat with 28 tourists on board disappeared in Japan: what is known so far?

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A boat with 28 tourists on board disappeared in Japan: what is known so far?

For these hours, Japan is experiencing moments of uncertainty after the disappearance of a ship with 28 people on board off the island of hokkaido, in the northeast of that nation. According to the Coast Guard, the boat would have issued a request for help, but after the message the authorities were unable to establish contact with the crew again.

According to what the agency reports Associated Press, The ship had 26 people on board who were presumed to be tourists and two members of the crew. The ship Kazu I disappeared on the Shiretoko Peninsula more than 12 hours ago, after issuing a last message in which they warned of possible failures and the entry of water.

Kazu I made tourist trips around the islandTV Capture

The call for help originated in the early hours of the afternoon, when the crew reported that the bow was flooding and the vessel was beginning to sink off the west coast Of the peninsula. The site is located on the vast island of Hokkaido, in northern Japan.. Since then, contact has been lost with the ship carrying 28 people including tourists, the captain and a crew member.

On the other hand, according to the message issued by the crew, the tourists on board were wearing life jackets and “the boat was leaning at an angle of 30 degrees”, informed the public television station of that country, NHK. The consternation deepened after it emerged that among the travelers there are two children who were doing tourism with their relatives.

The ship is searched with rescue planes, but there is still no official information
The ship is searched with rescue planes, but there is still no official informationTV Capture

The Coast Guard received the only communication they had with the ship around 1:15 p.m. local time (4:15 GMT) and sent five patrol boats and two planes for search and rescue, but so far no evidence has been found. According to official reports, About three hours had elapsed since the call for help before the first rescuers arrived at the reported location.

The report of NHK explains that at the time the faults were reported, there was a warning of high waves of up to 3 meters (9 feet) high on the island and strong winds in the area around noon in that country. On the other hand, the media noted that the fishing boats had returned to the port before that time due to bad weather.

The last report was issued at 11 p.m. in that country.
The last report was issued at 11 p.m. in that country.TV Capture

Japan’s Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito told a news conference that neither the ship nor the passengers had yet been found. Furthermore, he warned that the search will continue throughout the night.

The site where it was lost on Kazu I is a protected ecological reserve
The site where it was lost on Kazu I is a protected ecological reserveArchive

“The ship reported listing at an angle of about 30 degrees before losing contact in the waters off the peninsula, a World Heritage site,” Japan state television said. On the other hand, they indicated that the company that owns and operates the boat explained that it had set sail from the port in the morning on an excursion which had an expected duration of three hours, through a route that I usually did.

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