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Sea Fire Chronicles: Recurring Incidents of Boat Fires in Tokyo

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By: BNN Correspondents
Sea Fire Chronicles: Recurring Incidents of Boat Fires in Tokyo

Incident Off Niijima Coast

An incident occurred off the coast of Niijima in Tokyo, when a boat around 10 meters in length was reported on fire. The 3rd District Coast Guard Headquarters in Yokohama City received a report of a boat emitting black smoke and flames at around 2:15 PM on the 26th. There were reported sightings of human figures in the sea amidst the crisis.

The Shimoda Coast Guard in Shizuoka Prefecture, Subashiri City, reported that a passenger ship managed to rescue a 69-year-old man from the burning boat. The man was immediately transported to a medical facility in Niijima. Unfortunately, the boat, which was reported to be a pleasure boat, caught fire and sank around 3:20 PM.

The rescued individual, a resident of Chuo-ku in Tokyo, had sustained burn injuries and was unconscious as of the morning of the 27th. The sunken pleasure boat had no other crew members or passengers onboard during the incident. The sinking happened approximately 7 kilometers northwest of Niijima.

Fire in Tokyo Bay

In another incident, as per the Japan Coast Guard, a pleasure boat sailing in Tokyo Bay caught fire, leading to a significant emergency. An emergency call was made from the boat at around 1:00 PM local time, reporting that the boat’s engine was on fire. The boat was sailing in the bay some six kilometers northeast of Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

Thankfully, all ten people aboard the burning pleasure boat were rescued and no injuries have been reported. Despite the successful rescue operation, the boat ultimately sunk due to the fire.

Previous Incidents: A Pattern Emerges

These aren’t isolated incidents of boat fires in Tokyo. In a previous occurrence, two people were killed and two others went missing after a fire broke out on an 18-ton fishing boat in the Pacific off Tokyo. The Japan Coast Guard spotted the boat, a tuna trawler, in flames in waters about 180 kilometers east-northeast of Hachijo Island.

In another case, a pleasure boat caught fire in waters off Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture. The Yokosuka Coast Guard Office reported that all those aboard were rescued. The seven people aboard, including six men and women between their 20s and 50s and a male captain in his 30s, jumped into the sea wearing life jackets and were rescued by two boats that passed nearby.

Addressing the Issue

These recurring incidents of boat fires in Tokyo highlight the need for enhanced safety measures and emergency response protocols. The consistent occurrence of these incidents points towards possible gaps in the safety standards being followed. While the successful rescue operations are commendable, efforts should be directed towards preventing such incidents from occurring in the first place. The relevant authorities and boat operators must work together to ensure the safety of all those who venture out to sea.

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