3-year-old girl confirmed dead in Hokkaido boat accident as search continues

3歳女児の死亡確認 地元観光船や漁船も捜索に

Japan Times -- Apr 25
A 3-year-old girl believed to have been aboard a tour boat that went missing off Hokkaido on Saturday with 26 aboard was confirmed dead after being found in waters east of Cape Shiretoko, coast guard officials said Monday, a day after authorities confirmed the deaths of 10 others aboard the vessel.

The child was found by a patrol vessel about 15 kilometers east of a lighthouse at Cape Shiretoko World Heritage Site at around 11:10 p.m. Sunday, according to the regional coast guard headquarters.

The First Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, based in Otaru, Hokkaido, and the Self-Defense Forces were continuing to the search for the remaining 15 people using patrol vessels and aircraft.

The 19-ton sightseeing boat Kazu I, which went missing after reporting it was taking on water around 1:15 p.m. Saturday, is highly likely to have sunk in the frigid waters amid high waves.

The 24 passengers aboard ranged in age from under 10 into their 70s and included two children, according to the coast guard and transport ministry.

Nine of the 10 confirmed dead on Sunday were found in the waters or on nearby rocks around 10 km from where the boat issued its first rescue call. Of the 10, seven were men and three were women, according to the coast guard. ...continue reading

Apr 25 (ANNnewsCH) - 北海道の知床半島沖で、乗客乗員26人が乗った観光船が消息を絶った事故で24日夜、救助された3歳の女の子の死亡が25日午前、確認されました。  24日午後11時すぎ、海上保安庁の巡視船が知床岬の先端付近で子ども1人を救助しました。  東京から来た3歳の女の子で、25日午前に死亡が確認されました。  まだ15人の行方が分かっていないため、25日朝は、地元の観光船や漁船が捜索に協力する形で続々と港を出ていきました。

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