Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One dead and Five missing in Japan river capsize - 17th Aug 2011

A sightseeing boat capsized on a popular river in central Japan Wednesday, leaving one person dead and five others missing, officials said.

Most of the 23 passengers and crew on board reached the banks of the scenic Tenryu river, a local fire department official said.

Four of them had to be taken to hospital with one, a woman in her 70s, unconscious, and she later died.

The 12-metre (40-feet) long fibreglass boat, overturned in mid-afternoon on the Tenryu, which flows out to the Pacific some 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Tokyo and attracts crowds of visitors in summer.

"We usually give a life vest to each passenger, but we cannot confirm yet if they really put on the vests," a spokeswoman for the boat operator Tenryu Hamanako Railway said. Source