A tourist boat has gone missing on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. The country’s coast guard said 10 people had been killed in the incident.
They said 18 more people were missing in the “Cashew One Vessel”. A search is being conducted to rescue them.
Yesterday at 1:15 pm local time, the tourists lost contact with the boat. The boat set out on a three-hour voyage around the Shiretoco Peninsula.
The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists take a boat trip on the rocky beach hoping to see whales and sea creatures as well as brown bears.
According to local media in Japan, the crew sent a message that the boat was sinking at a 30 degree angle. Police and army helicopters immediately arrived to search for the boat. Local fishing boats also took part in the rescue operation.
It is known that there were 26 people in the boat. Among them are two crew and two children. Crew members said everyone on the boat was wearing a life jacket. However, the temperature in that area is less than zero degree Celsius.