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Yamaha boat returned three years after tsunami

A man whose boat was returned after it was lost in Japan’s 2011 tsunami says the vessel brought back memories of him working on it in his garage and watching his children play on it.

The boat was reunited with its owner after it was discovered on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific.

The small Yamaha was discovered on Johnston Atoll by volunteer Danielle Lampe, who brought it to Hawaii and shipped it to its owner, Tomomune Matsunaga, in Fukushima — where it arrived on Nov. 10, his birthday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

In a letter thanking those who returned the boat, Matsunaga said the boat brought back memories.

“No doubt, in a few years’ time, I will be enjoying leisure in the small boat with my children … as we did in the happy days before March 10, 2011,” he wrote.

Matsunaga lost his home in the tsunami, which killed 16,000 people, and his boat was washed away. It eventually arrived on the tiny island 800 miles southwest of Hawaii.


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