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Nine of the missing Japanese ships were found unconscious – the Coast Guard

Tokyo, April 24 (Reuters) – Nine people from a Japanese cruise ship missing off the country’s north coast were found at noon on Sunday, the Japanese Coast Guard said, although it was unclear if they were alive.

Nine of the ship, which was lost on Saturday with 26 people on board during a voyage off the northern main island of Hokkaido, were found unconscious and it was not immediately clear if they had life functions, a Coast Guard spokesman told Reuters.

They were taken to the hospital, according to the public station NHK.

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On Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard heard from the crew that the vessel was flooding. The last time it was heard was about two hours later when he contacted his operating company to say he was leaning at a 30-degree angle, Kyodo reports said.

The Coast Guard said it was not clear what had happened to the ship. No one in the company was available to comment.

The crew said the people on board were wearing life jackets, the media reported. There were 24 passengers on board, including two children and two crew members.

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A report by David Dolan and Kiyoshi Takenaka in Tokyo; Edited by Leslie Adler, Jacqueline Wong and William Mallard

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