Eleven Confirmed Dead After Tour Boat Goes Missing in Northern Japan

Authorities confirmed that at least 11 people, including a child, died after a tour boat went missing off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

The Japanese Coast Guard and Self-Defense Forces personnel said that they found 10 people and transported them to hospitals and other locations where they were later confirmed dead on April 23.

Officials are working on identifying the victims, of whom seven were men and three were women.

On April 24, the Japan Coast Guard found the 11th victim — an unconscious child — at around 11 p.m.

The child was transported to a hospital but was later declared dead.

The 19-ton boat, called Kazu One, was carrying 26 passengers and crew members, including two children, when it went missing on April 23 during a cruise off the Shiretoko Peninsula.

Officials said that the crew reported that it was taking in water and tipping at a 30-degree angle before it lost contact.

Search operations for the remaining missing people are ongoing.

The crew reportedly said that all those on board were wearing life jackets.

The coast has cliffs and steep slopes and the water depth reaches over 100 meters.

The area is a designated world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.


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