Japan discovers the wreckage of a missing tourist boat

A helicopter searches for missing persons aboard the tour boat ‘Kazu 1’ which went missing off the Shiretoko Peninsula in Shari, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan in this file photo taken by Kyodo April 25, 2022. Mandatory Credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

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TOKYO, April 29 (Reuters) – Japan located the hull of a tour boat off its northern coast on Friday, media said, six days after the vessel went missing in an accident that killed at least 14 people on a tourist trip.

The hull of the “Kazu I” was identified in waters about 100 meters (328 feet) deep off the Shiretoko Peninsula on the north island of Hokkaido in footage from an underwater camera from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, broadcaster NHK said.

A coastguard official was unable to immediately confirm reports that the vessel had been found.

The boat went missing on Saturday several hours after setting out for a tour of the peninsula, famous for its rugged coastal scenery and wildlife.

The 26 on board included two children and two crew members. Fourteen were found dead, the coastguard official said, with the rest missing.

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Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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