Sunday, May 13, 2012

Harley washed out to sea by the tsunami that hit Japan last year found on a beach in Canada

 A container that was apparently swept away from Miyagi Prefecture by the March 2011 tsunami has been found on a British Columbia island, and inside it contained a Harley-Davidson.

The motorcycle, found in the container by a local resident, bears a license plate showing it registered in Miyagi Prefecture, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said Monday. The container may be the first debris from the disaster to arrive in Canada, the report added.

The container with the motorcycle washed up on Graham Island on April 18. Peter Mark found it while he was riding his all-terrain vehicle exploring an isolated beach, the report said. The license plate on the rusted Harley-Davidson motorcycle reads Miyagi So 428.
"I gotta say, the first thing that popped into my mind when I was looking at the scene (was) I really wonder what happened to this person. I really hope this person is OK," Mark was quoted as saying.

And the bike is set to be reunited with its owner Ikuo Yokoyama after he was traced by its number plate.
“This is unmistakably mine. It’s miraculous,” Yokoyama told Nippon TV when shown photos of the motorcycle.
Ikuo lost three members of his family in the March 11, 2011, tsunami, and is now living in temporary housing
The bike was found by Canadian Peter Mark on Graham Island, off British Columbia on April 18.
Peter said the bike was covered in "a lot of corrosion, a lot of rust."
He added, he "couldn’t believe that something like that would make it across the Pacific."
Reports say the motorcycle would be shipped back to Japan, and that the shop that sold it to Yokoyama would help with paperwork and storage.

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