The pier where the cruise ship left and then disappeared on April 23 in Hokkaido island, northern Japan – Photo: KYODO NEWS
According to AFP news agency, Transport Minister Japan The Tetsuo Saito version said that at the time of the distress signal, the ship named “Kazu 1” was moving out of the northern tip of Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture.
Mr. Saito said the ship’s crew members reported that “the bow of the ship is submerged in the position off the Shiretoko peninsula and the ship is sinking. Rescue assistance is requested!”.
At that time, this cruise ship was carrying 24 guests and 2 crew members. All were wearing life jackets. Local media reported that there were two children on board.
An emergency distress signal was sent by the ship’s crew at around 13:13 pm on April 23 (local time). About 3 hours later, rescuers arrived at the scene by ship and plane.
Speaking to the press at a press conference late at around 11pm on April 23 (local time), Minister Saito said that currently the rescue team reported that they had not found the ship nor the 26 people on board.
Earlier, talking to AFP news agency, the Japanese coast guard said that the rescue force had “established a task force to handle the incident” and searched for those on board.
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