Japan Coast Guard finds 7 people aboard missing tour boat, but condition unknown

Seven people from the Japanese tour boat that went missing with 26 people on board have been found, after three others were found on Sunday, the Japanese coastguard said, although it was unclear if they were still urge.

A coastguard official told Reuters the condition of the three people was unclear, but public broadcaster NHK reported they were unconscious.

The other four, who were found earlier on Sunday morning, were unconscious and already taken to hospital, the coastguard official said.

Of the four people, three were discovered by a police helicopter near the tip of the Shiretoko peninsula, the coastguard said, with the fourth spotted by a coastguard plane in the same area around 30 minutes later.

The boat reported that it was broken down

Authorities were using planes and patrol boats, including seven ships, three planes and four Coast Guard helicopters, to search for the passengers and crew of the Kazu I after it ran into trouble off the peninsula, famous for its wildlife and its dramatic landscapes. littoral.

The coastguard first learned from the boat’s crew on Saturday afternoon that water was flooding the vessel. He was last heard about two hours later when he contacted his operating company to say he was bogged down at a 30-degree angle, Kyodo News reported earlier.

The crew said those on board were wearing life jackets, media said.

There were 24 passengers and two crew members on board. Two of the passengers were children.