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Japan tour boat death toll rises to 10, search ongoing

TOKYO – Japan’s guard says 10 of the 26 people on board a tour boat that sank in the frigid waters of a northern national park have been confirmed dead.

The search for the others continued a day after the boat sent out a distress call saying it was sinking.

The Coast Guard said Sunday that among the bodies of the 10 victims were seven men and three women.

Rescuers attend to a person found near the tip of Shiretoko Peninsula in northern Japan on April 24, 2022.
Rescuers attend to a person found near the tip of Shiretoko Peninsula in northern Japan on April 24, 2022.
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Firefighters transfer a rescued person from a helicopter in Shari on the northern island of Hokkaido on April 24, 2022.
Firefighters transfer a rescued person from a helicopter in Shari on the northern island of Hokkaido on April 24, 2022.
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The tour boat was carrying two crew members and 24 passengers, including two children, when it ran into trouble near the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula on Saturday afternoon.

The place is known as a difficult place to maneuver boats because of its rocky coast.

The Department for Transport has opened an investigation into the operator of the boat, which has had two accidents in the past year.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/24/japan-tour-boat-death-toll-rises-to-10-people-search-ongoing/ Japan tour boat death toll rises to 10, search ongoing

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