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Missing tourist boat found on seabed off Hokkaido

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An utterly avoidable tragedy. - May those poor souls now rest in peace and their families begin to find some degree of consolation once the remainder of the 26 are located.

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I expect some bodies to still be in the cabin. Hope they can be recovered.

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That's odd !

They found the boat exactly where the distress call location was from.

Truly amazing.

Almost a week later.

The rapid response was breathtakingly efficient.

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The rapid response was breathtakingly efficient.

The closest rescue helicopter was based at Kushiro. It was already out in a mission, so had to return to refuel, then fly north to the sight.

That being said, why is there not a coastguard helicopter base on the north eastern side of Hokkaido? Or at least a place they can refuel quickly.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  06:23 pm JST

The rapid response was breathtakingly efficient.

A couple days ago you were calling the responders "incompetent".

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo neToday  06:23 pm JST

They found the boat exactly where the distress call location was from.

"The boat was found at a depth of around 100 meters near the Kashuni Falls, a popular scenic site near the tip of the peninsula, from where the boat issued a distress call." 

Sarcasm can often be unpleasant and undeserved. Does "near" and "exactly" mean the same to you? Tell me about your experience of finding sunken vessels in 100 metres depth of rough sea.

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Thank you Russia for the information. It all helps

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""A coast guard official said the Russian border security agency notified it of spotting a person drifting Wednesday in the water with a life vest west of Kunashiri Island off Hokkaido.""

First of all , Japan should thank the Russians for the notification.

Second this really shows how small our world is and how we the people should never forget that together we can share and enjoy every thing this earth has to offer if we just learn to respect one another.

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MarkToday  07:09 pm JST

""A coast guard official said the Russian border security agency notified it of spotting a person drifting Wednesday in the water with a life vest west of Kunashiri Island off Hokkaido.""

First of all , Japan should thank the Russians for the notification.

Yes, thank the Russians for spotting the person only because they are illegally occupying Kunashiri Island and three others, and letting Japan know on Friday when the spotting occurred on Wednesday while this has been on Japanese TV day and night non-stop so the Russian Consulate in Sapporo was aware of it. Spasiba!

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Yes, thank the Russians for spotting the person only because they are illegally occupying Kunashiri Island and three others, and letting Japan know on Friday when the spotting occurred on Wednesday while this has been on Japanese TV day and night non-stop so the Russian Consulate in Sapporo was aware of it. Spasiba!

I'm if the situation was reversed and a body from an accident in Kunashira drifted towards Hokkaido, the Japanese authorities would show the same courtesy and inform the Russian authorities as soon as is practical. It's called protocol.

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Alan HarrisonToday  07:55 pm JST

I'm if the situation was reversed and a body from an accident in Kunashira drifted towards Hokkaido, the Japanese authorities would show the same courtesy and inform the Russian authorities as soon as is practical. It's called protocol.

Of course they would. The Japanese wouldn't be there illegally to start with. Notification immediately, not 3 days after the fact, is also protocol.

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they are illegally occupying Kunashiri Island and three others

get over it

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I am wondering if the Russians couldn't have mounted a rescue of this person spotted in stormy waters or inform the Japanese immediately. It is human life at stake here.

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Of course they would. The Japanese wouldn't be there illegally to start with. Notification immediately, not 3 days after the fact, is also protocol.

Legality of who is there is irrelevant. Notification as soon as possible, when practically possible. Protocol correct. (Obviously you have never been out on the high seas in rough, stormy weather).

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Alan HarrisonToday  08:43 pm JST

Of course they would. The Japanese wouldn't be there illegally to start with. Notification immediately, not 3 days after the fact, is also protocol.

Legality of who is there is irrelevant. Notification as soon as possible, when practically possible. Protocol correct. (Obviously you have never been out on the high seas in rough, stormy weather).

No it's quite relevant as it explains the Russian presence in the first place. Notification "as soon as possible" is protocol. Last I checked a telephone call or an email does not take 3 days. And I have sailed on a commercial cargo vessel in my young days so I am quite certain I have more experience at sea than you do, including one voyage that included Beaufort Force 10 conditions. I doubt you have any experience that comes remotely close.

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And I have sailed on a commercial cargo vessel in my young days so I am quite certain I have more experience at sea than you do, including one voyage that included Beaufort Force 10 conditions.

Impressive. Myself ex-Navy.

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Notification immediately, not 3 days after the fact, is also protocol.

Where does the three days come from? I've read that the Russian border security authority faxed the Japanese coastguard on April 28 (Thursday).

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No one would of lasted a few hour before dying of exposure. So I wonder what is behind Russia getting involved. Last year the Russian Navy smash and sunk a Japanese fishing vessel arresting and jailing two fishing man and the third drowned. I say it misinformation, just being pest as usually.

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