The accident, in which a sightseeing boat sank off the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido, killed 14 passengers and lost 12 people, will take 23 days and one month from the outbreak.


The search for the missing person is still ongoing, and at the sinking site, work is expected to lift the hull into the sea near the surface of the water as early as the 23rd.

On the 23rd of last month, the accident that the sightseeing boat "KAZU 1" (19 tons) carrying 26 passengers and crew sank off the coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula confirmed the deaths of 14 passengers found in the surrounding sea area so far. I did.



Even now, one month after the outbreak, the whereabouts of 12 people remain unknown, and the 1st Regional Coast Guard Headquarters and the Self-Defense Forces are searching for missing persons in a wide range from the Shiretoko Peninsula area to the northern territory Kunashiri Island area. increase.



However, the sea area around the site has a fast tide, and the range of drifting expected over time has expanded, making the search difficult.



Last week, a diver entered the sunk ship and searched, but found no clues.



In addition, the Russian side has informed that two bodies have been found on the western coast of Kunashir Island, and the Maritime Security Headquarters is checking for possible passengers or crew members of the tour boat.



On the other hand, for the tour boat that sank to the bottom of the sea at a depth of about 120 meters, preparation work for withdrawal will resume from the morning of the 23rd.



Divers will be taken into the sea with capsules from the salvage company's work ship "Kaishin", and they will be saturated diving and tying the wire for salvage.



We will lift the hull to the sea near the surface of the water by the end of the 23rd at the earliest, and will lift it onto the workboat on the 24th.



In addition, regarding the accident, the actual situation of sloppy safety management such as the fact that the operating company "Shiretoko Tour Boat" neglected to make fixed-point contact with the tourist boat and did not secure sufficient means of communication one after another. It has been revealed that the Japan Coast Guard is investigating on suspicion of accidental fatalities in business.



The Japan Coast Guard Headquarters will continue to rush to find the missing person, and in the future, will check the condition of the hull in detail and investigate the cause of the accident and whether or not the company has made a mistake.

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