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U.S. Tab for Ehime Maru Families at $102,000

November 04, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

The Navy spent $102,000 to bring to Honolulu the families of nine men and boys killed when their Japanese fishing vessel was hit and sunk Feb. 9 by the nuclear attack submarine Greeneville during a training drill.

Each of the nine families was told the Navy would pay for as many as five family members. The Navy has paid for 36 airline tickets and hotels for as many as eight nights. Each family also was given $100 phone cards.

The Navy also spent $60 million in the effort to recover the remains. The Ehime Maru was raised from a depth of 2,000 feet and moved 16 miles to shallow waters off Honolulu, where Navy divers recovered eight bodies. The search for the remaining victim, Takeshi Mizuguchi, 17, is to continue this week.

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