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At least 10 dead in Japan tourist ship sinking

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Bodies were found in the waters of the Shiretoko Peninsula, in the eastern part of the island of Hokkaido; In all, 16 people are still missing.

STR / JIJI PRESS / AFPKazu 1 was scheduled to leave the port of Utoro-higashi in Shari City and sail along Cape Shiretoko.
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Ten people died after a tourist ship shipwreck in the north of Japan. The information was confirmed by the Coast Guard this Sunday, 24, as the search continued. Among the dead are seven men and three women. The bodies were found in the waters off the Shiretoko Peninsula, in the eastern part of the island of Hokkaido, where the ship made a distress call. In all, 26 people were on the vessel at the time of the shipwreck, with 24 passengers, including two minors, who were not among the bodies located. Team continues the search for the 16 missing. According to the company that operates the boat, the Kazu 1 has a capacity for 65 people and was scheduled to leave the port of Utoro-higashi, in the city of Shari, and sail through Cape Shiretoko. The incident occurred while the ship was in the waters near Kashuni Waterfall, a popular landscape on the peninsula, listed as a World Heritage Site in 2005. The sea was rough the day before in the region and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) had issued a alert for wind and strong waves of up to four meters. In addition, the water temperature was very cold and the agency warned that it will remain below five degrees for the next few days. In June 2021, Kazu 1 was stranded in shallow water shortly after lifting anchor. None of the 23 people on board were injured at the time, as they managed to get off the boat and return to port on their own.

*With EFE

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Source: Jovempan

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