The Japanese owner of a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was swept away in the tsunami and washed ashore on Haida Gwaii late last month has been located.
Beachcomber Peter Mark was riding his ATV on Graham Island on April 18 when he came across a large container on the beach. Among the contents of the container was a heavily damaged Harley Davidson motorcycle. The Japanese license plate showed the motorbike – which was found along with golf clubs and tools – was registered in Miyagi Prefecture.
Using the license plate, the Japanese consulate was able to track the bike back to a 29-year old man who lost three family members and his home in the tsunami.
Haida Gwaii is more than 5,000 kilometres from Japan where the tsunami hit, and experts expect much more debris could be washing up on the shores of BC in the year ahead as an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of debris makes its way across the Pacific Ocean.