U.S. shows families entire video of ship

Kyodo

The U.S. Navy on Monday showed the entire 18 hours of video footage of a fisheries high school ship accidentally sunk Feb. 9 by a U.S. submarine to relatives of the nine missing in the incident.

The footage was released at the request of the relatives who were dissatisfied with the 35-minute edited video footage previously shown to them.

The newly released footage, on more than a dozen videotapes, includes close-ups of scars, cracks, dents and warps on the 499-ton Ehime Maru, from Uwajima Fisheries High School in Ehime Prefecture.

It shows the distorted hull of the ship, which sank off Hawaii’s Oahu Island after being struck by the 6,080-ton sub USS Greeneville that was demonstrating a rapid ascent to 16 civilians aboard.

The Navy’s remote control Scorpio-2 submersible shot the video footage. The submersible located the ship Friday on the seabed some 600 meters beneath the surface off Oahu. It has not yet found any of the missing.

Nine Japanese — four students and two teachers from the school and three of the ship’s crew — are still missing, while 26 others were rescued.

Of the missing people’s relatives who arrived in Hawaii after the incident, 16 from six families are still in Hawaii.

‘Godzilla’ delayed

Nippon Television Network Corp. decided Tuesday to postpone airing the U.S. film “Godzilla” because a ship-sinking scene could disturb those affected by the Feb. 9 incident in which a Japanese ship sank after being hit by a U.S. submarine off Hawaii, company officials said.

The film, produced in 1998, was scheduled to be aired March 2, according to the officials.

At the beginning of the film, the monster Godzilla attacks Japanese fishing boats and sinks them without showing himself.

He said, “Such a scene will conjure up the accident in Hawaii. We decided to postpone the airing of the film in consideration of the feelings of those close to the collision.”