Japanese boat washed away during Japan tsunami found in British Columbia (Photo)

By on Mar 24, 2012 in North America Comments

Updated: May 2, 2012 11:10 p.m.

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A Japanese boat that was washed away during the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 along with a devastating tsunami, was found by Canadian authorities near British Columbia, as shown in the photo below.

The Japanese boat, which was washed away during
Japan earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011

Image Credit: Transport Canada

According to Canadian news sites on Saturday, March 24, 2012, the Japanese boat was found floating about 120 miles off the Queen Charlotte Islands, commonly known as the Haida Gwaii, which an archipelago in British Columbia.

“Close visual aerial inspection and hails to the ship indicate there is no one on board. The owner of the vessel has been contacted and made aware of its location.” Canadian Transport Ministry spokeswoman Sau Liu was quoted telling to CBC.ca on Friday.

Meanwhile, Japan Coast Guard official Toshiro Yoshinaga told CNN that the 50-meter Japanese boat was used for squid fishing and was staged at Hachinohe in the Aomori prefecture when it was washed away by the huge tsunami.

“It looks fairly sound and has rust streak from being out there for a year,” Marc Proulx, the maritime coordinator of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria, British Columbia told CNN, noting that the Japanese tsunami boat was first spotted by a Canadian military air patrol.

The Japan Coast Guard have already identified the owner of the vessel after being contacted Friday by Canadian officials, who were able to provide the identification number on the hull of the ship, with the boat owner confirming that nobody was on board when it was dragged out to sea.

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