Owner IDs Harley that drifted from Japan to BC

Owner IDs Harley that drifted from Japan to BC

Credit: Peter Mark, CBC, NBC

Owner IDs Harley that drifted from Japan to BC

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:20 AM

A Harley Davidson motorcycle found ni a moving trailer than washed ashore in Canada has been identifed by its owner, a Japanese man who was a victim of last year's tsunami.

"This is unmistakably mine. It's miraculous," Ikuo Yokoyama told Nippon TV when shown photos of the motorcycle.

 

Canadian news agency CBC News reported the moving trailer containing a Harley Davidson motorcycle was recently found by a beachcomber on the Haida Gwaii islands.

Photos: Harley from tsunami drifts from Japan to B.C. beach

CBC reported a license plate showed the motorcycle was registered in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture, where the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami killed thousands of people.

The rusted bike was found in a large white container where its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, had kept it. He was located through the license plate number, Fuji TV reported Wednesday.

Yokoyama lost three members of his family in the March 11, 2011, tsunami, and is now living in temporary housing in Miyagi prefecture (state).

When he saw the Japanese license plate, Mark wondered if it might have drifted from Japan after the tsunami, and contacted a local TV station.

The Fuji report said the motorcycle would be shipped back to Japan, and that the shop that sold it to Yokoyama would help with paperwork and storage.

Beachcomber Peter Mark told CBC he came upon the container two weeks ago while riding ATVs on a mostly inaccessible beach on Graham Island.

Mark took several pictures of the motorcycle, which he did not remove from the beach. Golf clubs, tools and camping equipment were also reportedly found inside the container.

Mark told CBC News artifacts like this one, and ones that will continue to show up on North America's coastline over the next year, must be treated with respect.

"I really wonder what happened to this person. I really hope this person is OK," Mark said he thought as he came upon the container.

Haida Gwaii is the same region near where the U.S. Coast Guard sank a 150-foot Japanese fishing boat after it was discovered floating upright.

 

 

 

 

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