Japan tour boat death toll rises to 10, investigation ongoing

TOKYO — Japan’s guard said 10 of 26 people aboard a tour boat that sank in freezing waters in a northern national park have been confirmed dead.

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

The Coast Guard said on Sunday the bodies of the 10 victims included seven men and three women.

Fishing boats leave a harbor to search for a missing tour boat in Shari on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan April 24, 2022.
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Rescuers assist a person found near the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula in northern Japan on April 24, 2022.
Rescuers assist a person found near the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula in northern Japan on April 24, 2022.
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This photo released by the 1st Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan shows an orange-colored, square-shaped rescue float bearing the name of a missing tour boat near the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula in the north from Japan to Hokkaido on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
This photo released by the 1st Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan shows an orange-colored, square-shaped rescue float bearing the name of a missing tour boat near the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula in the north from Japan to Hokkaido on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
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Firefighters transfer a rescued person from a helicopter to Shari on the northern island of Hokkaido on April 24, 2022.
Firefighters transfer a rescued person from a helicopter to Shari on the northern island of Hokkaido on April 24, 2022.
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A helicopter lands near Hokkaido during the search effort.
A helicopter lands near Hokkaido during the search effort.
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Officials from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport enter the office of tour boat operator Shiretoko Pleasure Cruise to conduct a special audit.
Officials from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport enter the office of tour boat operator Shiretoko Pleasure Cruise to conduct a special audit.
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Fishing boats conduct a search operation for missing persons aboard the "Kazu 1" tourist boat that has disappeared.
Fishing boats conduct a search operation for missing persons aboard the missing tourist boat “Kazu 1”.
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There were two crew members and 24 passengers, including two children, on the tour boat when it ran into trouble on Saturday afternoon near the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula.

The location is known as a difficult place to maneuver boats due to its rocky coastline.

The Department for Transport has launched an investigation into the operator of the boat, which had two accidents last year.


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