Monday 20 January 2020

Football completes Pacific crossing

David and Yumi Baxter found the football at their home in Alaska after it drifted there following the quake (AP)
David and Yumi Baxter found the football at their home in Alaska after it drifted there following the quake (AP)
Misaki Murakami arranged to have the football sent back to him after the couple found the ball at their home (AP)

Japanese teenager Misaki Murakami will be reunited with his football after it made a trip across the Pacific Ocean following last year's tsunami.

The ball, bearing his name, was found across the world's largest ocean on a remote Alaskan island.

Kyodo News agency said the 16-year-old from the devastated town of Rikuzentakata was surprised and thankful.

The ball is one of the first pieces of debris that can be traced back to Japan after the March 11 tsunami.

David Baxter, who spotted the ball on Middleton Island, said his Japanese wife Yumi talked with Misaki over the phone.

They plan to send the ball back to the boy soon.

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