Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Owner wants Japan tsunami boat scrapped

The owner of a fishing boat in Japan that drifted across the Pacific after getting washed away from its moorings by last year's huge tsunami does not want it back, a Japanese official said Tuesday.

The 65-meter (210-foot) vessel was spotted last week by a Canadian Forces aircraft on a routine surveillance patrol.

A military photo shows the ship, streaked with rust but intact, floating 150 nautical miles off the southern coast of Haida Gwaii islands, some 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) north of Vancouver.

A Japanese coastguard spokesman said the boat belonged to a fishing firm in Hakodate, Hokkaido, and had been anchored in Hachinohe, Aomori, when the tsunami struck.

"The owner told us it is not needed anymore," said the spokesman. Read More