Saturday, March 12, 2011

81 on Tsunami-Swept Japanese Boat Safe - 11th Mar 2011

(AFP) - A boat swept away in the tsunami which struck Japan Friday following an 8.9-magnitude earthquake has been found, Jiji news agency reported Saturday.

Japanese naval and coastguard helicopters found the ship and all 81 aboard were airlifted to safety.

There were fears up to 100 people may have died on the boat.

Japan's Kyodo News has estimated the final death toll from the quake and tsunami will surpass 1,000. Source