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Seven people found from missing Japan ship, says coast guard

TOKYO, April 24 (Reuters) – Seven people on a Japanese tour boat that went missing along with 26 people have been found, after three more were found on Sunday, Japan’s coast guard said, although it was unclear. whether they were still alive.

A Coast Guard official told Reuters the condition of the three people was unclear, but public broadcaster NHK said they were unconscious.

The Coast Guard official said the other four, who were found earlier on Sunday morning, were unconscious and had already been brought to the hospital.

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Of the four people, three were discovered by a police helicopter near the tip of the Shiretoko peninsula, the coast guard said, with the fourth being spotted by Coast Guard aircraft in the same area about 30 minutes later.

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The Coast Guard first heard from the boat’s crew on Saturday afternoon that the ship was flooding. Kyodo News previously reported that it was last heard about two hours later, when it contacted its operating company to say it was keeling at a 30-degree angle.

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The media said that the crew members said that the occupants of the plane were wearing life jackets.

There were 24 passengers and two crew members on board the plane. Two children were among the passengers.

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Reporting by David Dolan, Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Leslie Adler and Jacqueline Wong

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