The combined US and UK search teams have concluded their search operations in Japan, on March 17. No survivors were found in the towns of Ofunato and Kamaishi by the crews despite an extensive search. 

Heavy snow and falling temperatures six days after the start of the disaster mean there is now is an extremely low chance of finding survivors. Therefore following a discussion with the Japanese disaster authorities, the UK team and their US counterparts have agreed not to extend their rescue operations and will begin to withdraw from Japan. 

The team plans to travel 200km north to the airport in Misawa where they had initially landed. FIRE was told that the team remain fit, well and in good spirits. 


Posted: 10.19am, 18.03.11