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Deep-water divers wound up their two-day search inside a sunken tour boat off Hokkaido on Friday after finding no trace of the 12 people still missing after the accident in late April, the Japan Coast Guard said.

The transport ministry is now planning to start work as early as Saturday to salvage the 19-ton Kazu I, which currently sits on the seabed some 120 meters below the surface, officials said. The boat went missing off Shiretoko Peninsula on April 23, and 14 of the 26 people on board have been confirmed dead.

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