HONOLULU (AP) - A Japanese man is expressing gratitude for the return of his boat three years after it disappeared in the 2011 tsunami.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Tomomune Matsunaga of the Fukushima prefecture lost his home to the earthquake and tsunami that killed 16,000, as well as his personal watercraft.
The small boat was found by a Hawaii volunteer on Johnston Atoll.
A student training vessel carried the personal watercraft from Honolulu to Japan and Matsunaga got it back on Nov. 10, his birthday.
In a letter thanking people who helped return the boat, Matsunaga says he holds memories of working on the craft in his garage and of his children playing on it.
He says he looks forward to using it again when it's repaired in a few years.
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