In an accident where a tourist boat sank off the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido, killing 14 people and missing 12 people, the 1st Regional Coast Guard Headquarters and others are trying to search using an unmanned aircraft equipped with an underwater camera. However, it is difficult to approach the sunken ship due to the fast tide, and no missing person or clue has been found so far.

On April 23, 14 passengers were killed and 12 were missing in the accident in which the sightseeing boat "KAZU 1" (19 tons) carrying 26 passengers and crew sank off the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido. It has become.



The 1st Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, the Maritime Self-Defense Force, and police equipped an underwater camera to see if anyone was left behind in the hull that was found sinking on the seabed near the Kashni Falls. I am investigating by remotely controlling the unmanned aerial vehicle.



In the one-day search, the Japan Coast Guard and others took turns throwing in unmanned aerial vehicles from the morning, trying to find out if the inside of the ship could be confirmed from the open rear cabin door.

However, due to the fast tide and poor visibility of the seabed, which is only a few meters away, it is difficult for the police and the Japan Coast Guard to get close to it. There is no information that a clue was found.



The Japan Coast Guard and others are rushing to find the missing person by conducting confirmation work on board and searching at sea in parallel while observing the weather conditions for two days.

Reported "au" is a dead zone Did the captain know?

According to previous interviews, it was the "au" mobile phone that "KAZU 1" had reported as a communication facility with land.



According to the website of KDDI, which develops au, the area around Utoro Port where it arrives and departs is a covered area, but the area around Kashni Waterfall and Cape Shiretoko is a "dead zone" where radio waves do not enter.



Each mobile phone company covers different areas, and according to the website, NTT DoCoMo covers up to the vicinity of Cape Shiretoko.



It is possible that au's mobile phone could not be connected in the sea area where the accident occurred, and the 1st Regional Coast Guard Headquarters revealed that the mobile phone of a passenger with radio waves was used for the 118th call.



A former employee of the Shiretoko Tour Boat told NHK, "Most of the course is docomo. No other company can connect. I used to use au, but it was out of service." ..



Captain Toyoda himself said that he knew that it was difficult to connect to au in the waters around the site.



On the day of the accident, this former employee pointed out to Captain Toyoda that it would be okay to have only a mobile phone with difficult radio waves because the radio antenna in the office had broken down, but after that, he set sail. It means that.



Another fisherman told NHK, "I wonder why it was approved during the preliminary inspection."

Many people pick up flowers at the flower stand in Shari Town

Even one day, more than a week after the accident that a sightseeing boat sank off the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido, many people are visiting the flower stand in Shari Town for flowers.



A flower stand was set up at the entrance of the sports facility in Shari Town, where the deceased people were enshrined in the accident where the sightseeing boat "KAZU 1" sank off the Shiretoko Peninsula, and many flowers were served with sweets and drinks. I am.



Even one day, more than a week after the accident, many people, including local residents and tourists, visited the flowers in the morning.



A man in his twenties, who lives nearby, said with a quivering voice, "I feel regretful and sad as a local inhabitant, and I have various emotions. Now I can only hand over flowers."



A man in his 60s, who visited Nayoro City in Hokkaido for sightseeing with a friend, said, "I can't say it. I donated flowers with a feeling of pity. I hope everyone on board will be found."



According to the town, all 14 passengers who have been confirmed dead are expected to be taken over by their families by the 2nd.

Florist near the flower stand Tourists also buy flowers

At the flower shop near the sports facility where the flower stand is located, more and more people are buying flowers for their hands from April 28, the day before the big holidays.



Not only locals but also tourists from Osaka and Kanto visit to buy flowers one after another, and you can see people with small children and young couples.



A mother who visited a flower shop with children aged 4 and 8 to donate flowers said, "A child as old as my own has died and I decided to donate flowers. The fisherman's father and younger brother. Is cooperating in the search activity. I hope everyone will be found soon. "

At this shop, at the request of the town, the wrapping of the donated bouquet is unwrapped, remade into a flower arrangement with a diameter of about 1 meter, and displayed on the side of the flower stand.

Masanori Sakai, who runs a flower shop, said, "I think it is the flowers that can alleviate the sadness of the deceased family. I think that the family may have visited the first place from all over the world, so it's only a moment. But I would be grateful if you could see the flowers and relax your heart. "

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