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The crew of the sightseeing boat “warned the sea was too rough” before it sank, killing ten and leaving two children under 16 missing

The crew of a Japanese tour boat were warned the seas were too rough to venture out before it sank, killing ten and missing two of 16 children.

They were told by another tour operator not to leave the port, according to local news reports.

Family members of missing passengers and crew arrive at an ad hoc morgue

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Family members of missing passengers and crew arrive at an ad hoc morguePhoto credit: Getty
Survivors were taken to a nearby hospital and their identities concealed for privacy reasons

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Survivors were taken to a nearby hospital and their identities concealed for privacy reasonsPhoto credit: Getty

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Fishing boats embark on a search and rescue mission for the Kazu I

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Fishing boats embark on a search and rescue mission for the Kazu IPhoto credit: Getty

They told NHK News that the same boat ran aground last year and suffered a crack in the bow.

The Kazu I was cruising off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido near the scenic Kashuni Falls near the Shiretoko Peninsula when it made the distress call yesterday.

There were 24 passengers – including two children – and two crew members on board.

Saturday’s tour is said to be the promoter’s first this season, coming just a week before the start of the Golden Week holiday season in Japan.

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It comes as Japan Coast Guard footage showed orange floats labeled “Kazu I” floating in a rocky area near the peninsula.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK showed one of the victims arriving by helicopter and being taken to an ambulance on a stretcher covered with blue plastic shields to protect his identity.

Relatives were seen clinging tightly to each other as they entered an ad hoc morgue where the bodies of the victims were being kept.

Hokkaido Governor Naomichi Suzuki told reporters Sunday he plans to request security checks by tour operators in the prefecture ahead of the holiday.

The Japanese Ministry of Transport launched an investigation into boat operator Shiretoko Pleasure Cruise, which had two accidents last year.

“We will thoroughly investigate what caused this situation and what kind of safety oversight was required to enable the tour and prevent another accident,” Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito, who visited the area on Sunday, told reporters.

The tourist ferry collided with a floating object in May last year, injuring three people and ran aground in shallow water shortly after leaving port in June.

The Kazu I issued a distress call at 1.15pm local time (5.15am BST) on Saturday to say the 19-ton vessel had flooded the bow and was taking on water.

They also said the ship was keeled at a 30 degree angle and that those on board were wearing life jackets.

The place near Kashuni Waterfall is known as a difficult place to maneuver boats because of its rocky coast and strong tide.

After an intensive search involving six patrol boats, several planes and divers going through the night, rescuers found four people near the tip of the Shiretoko Peninsula early Sunday and later six others in the same area, about 14 kilometers (8.7 mi ) north of where the boat made a distress call.

Some of them were plucked from the sea while others washed up on the rocky shore.

Average April sea temperatures in Shiretoko National Park are just above freezing, which experts say would lead to hypothermia.

Yoshihiko Yamada, a professor of marine sciences at Tokai University, said the boat likely ran aground after being tossed around in high waves and damaged.

A boat this size doesn’t usually carry a lifeboat, he said.

Drifting ice can be seen in the sea around the area as late as March and water temperatures would be around 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (36-37 Fahrenheit) at this time of year, an official at a local fisheries cooperative told Reuters.

“Just a few minutes in that kind of water would dull your consciousness,” he said.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dropped out of a two-day summit in Kumamoto, southern Japan, and returned to Tokyo.

The Japan Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue operation near the rocky coastal area of ​​Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula

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The Japan Coast Guard conducted a search and rescue operation near the rocky coastal area of ​​Hokkaido’s Shiretoko PeninsulaPhoto credit: AFP
About 10 passengers are dead and another 16 are missing

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About 10 passengers are dead and another 16 are missingPhoto credit: Getty
26 were on board at the time, including two children

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26 were on board at the time, including two childrenCredit: EPA

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