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    WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    Jet ski lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami is returned after it washes ashore over 3,000 miles away in Hawaii

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ay-Hawaii.html

    A man who lost everything in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan and claimed over 15,000 lives, is finally getting back one of his prized possessions - his jet ski.

    Tomomune Matsunaga, who lived in Fukushima, lost his home and almost all of his personal possessions back on March 11, 2011, including, he assumed, his yellow Yamaha personal watercraft.

    Then, in May of this year, a young intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Danielle Lampe, found the craft while doing research on the Johnston Atoll, roughly 700 miles southwest of Hono*lulu.

    The craft, while badly damaged and no longer in working condition, had traveled approximately 3,300 miles.

    Lampe was conducting a bird survey back on May 21 when she discovered the jet ski.

    'He's lost everything,' Lampe, 23, said of the craft's owner while speaking with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

    'Getting something back, even if it can't be used, means a lot.'

    And now, thanks to some help from Chris Woolaway, the Hawaii coordinator for a global event called International Coastal Cleanup, Matsunaga is getting his jet ski back free of charge.

    Woolaway called on a friend who reached out to the captain of a Japanese boat, the Fukushima Maru, that docks in Honolulu three times a year.


    The captain, Shigeki Kuwabara, agreed to transport the jet ski and, on Sunday, when the boat left Honolulu for Japan, the craft was hoisted aboard, set to reunite with its owner on November 11 after another long trip across then Pacific Ocean.

    There is no word yet on what Matsunaga, who lives in temporary housing in Iwaki City, plans to do with his craft when he gets it back.

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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    great story
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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    Thats cool !!

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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    that is quite a durability test for Yamaha!

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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    WTF is going to do with it? "We know you lost everything, but we found your ski. It is destroyed. Oh, you don't have anywhere to keep it because you still live in temporary housing. For $300 we can dump it for you." Joy.
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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    Quote Originally Posted by Dencaddie View Post
    WTF is going to do with it? "We know you lost everything, but we found your ski. It is destroyed. Oh, you don't have anywhere to keep it because you still live in temporary housing. For $300 we can dump it for you." Joy.
    Instead of being negative try looking around your shop, then maybe someone can track down his address and send him some free parts, it's been done to death over on the X for some that IMO were in far less need than this guy so WHY THE HELL NOT ?

    I am game for sending some parts is someone can coordinate the effort and find out what he needs.
    Last edited by WFO Speedracer; 10-29-2014 at 08:37 PM.
    Y'all know me, still the same O.G. but I been low-key
    hated on by most these &^$$@s with no cheese, no deals and no G's, no wheels and no keys, no boats, no snowmobiles, and no skis, mad at me cause I can finally afford to provide my family with groceries

    I was 300SXing when 300SXing wasn't cool !

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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    You are so honorable Terry!

    Quote Originally Posted by WFO Speedracer View Post
    Instead of being negative try looking around your shop, then maybe someone can track down his address and send him some free parts, it's been done to death over on the X for some that IMO were in far less need than this guy so WHY THE HELL NOT ?

    I am game for sending some parts is someone can coordinate the effort and find out what he needs.
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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    Funny the Japanese guys always called me as -sole, maybe that means honorable in Japanese ?
    Y'all know me, still the same O.G. but I been low-key
    hated on by most these &^$$@s with no cheese, no deals and no G's, no wheels and no keys, no boats, no snowmobiles, and no skis, mad at me cause I can finally afford to provide my family with groceries

    I was 300SXing when 300SXing wasn't cool !

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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    Good story. Was the hood still on it when it was found?
    If it's worth doing, it's worth over doing!!

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    Re: WB1 lost by Japanese man during 2011 tsunami found 3000 miles away

    Quote Originally Posted by WFO Speedracer View Post
    Instead of being negative try looking around your shop, then maybe someone can track down his address and send him some free parts, it's been done to death over on the X for some that IMO were in far less need than this guy so WHY THE HELL NOT ?

    I am game for sending some parts is someone can coordinate the effort and find out what he needs.
    I have a stock 44mm carb, intake, and reeds I would donate to that effort.
    Jetskis are stupid.

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