Just two days after the news of a Harley Davidson motorcycle from Miyagi prefecture, Japan washing ashore on the western coast of Canada, the owner has been found. Ikuo Yokoyama, 29, was the owner of the motorcycle inside a cargo container that washed out to sea by last year’s tsunami, and managed to float all the way across the Pacific ocean. Yokoyama told local media that he is very happy to hear it was found, and would love the opportunity to thank the finder, Peter Mark, in person.
The container was found by Mark on a secluded beach on British Columbia’ Graham Island in mid-April. In addition to the heavily rusted Harley, with the license plate still attached, there were some golf clubs and camping equipment. He then contacted the Japanese consulate in Vancouver to notify them of what he found. It is believed the container was just barely able to float due to the walls being lined with styrofoam.
Mark was contacted yesterday by Japanese media, explaining that the container’s owner had been located, and was alive and safe. Mark said that he felt relieved, as this whole time he had been worried about what might have happened to the man. He also expressed interest in wanting to meet Yokoyama sometime.
Yokoyama told reporters that he had owned the motorcycle for about five years, and was using the cargo container as a small garage. On March 11th, the earthquake and tsunami destroyed his home and took the lives of three of his family members. Investigators are still determining what should be done with the debris, however Yokoyama has expressed an interest in getting the motorcycle back.
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