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Japan: 10 confirmed dead from missing tourist boat

The boat called Kazu I reported it took in water off eastern Hokkaido while sightseeing around the scenic Shiretoko Peninsula on Saturday afternoon

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Tokyo: Ten people were confirmed dead on Sunday after a tourist boat with a total of 26 passengers and crew aboard went missing off eastern Hokkaido in north Japan on Saturday, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) said.

The boat called Kazu I reported it took in water off eastern Hokkaido while sightseeing around the scenic Shiretoko Peninsula on Saturday afternoon, and then it went missing, according to the JCG.

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Twenty-four passengers were aboard the boat along with two crew members, according to the JCG, and the passengers included two children. The deceased included seven men and three women, it added.

The coast guard said it received the report around 1:15 pm (local time) Saturday and patrol boats were headed to the site around 5:30 pm (local time) Saturday to conduct a rescue. 

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