Eleven people died, one person remains unconscious and two are missing after water-related accidents across Japan over the weekend, police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials said Monday.
On Sunday afternoon, at a beach near the Tottori Sand Dunes, two men and a woman were swept away by a strong current, Fuji TV reported. The woman survived but the two men drowned, police said.
In Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, two parents jumped into the Kuma river to save their five-year-old daughter who had been playing, but both drowned in the process. A stranger nearby who witnessed the incident jumped in and saved the girl.
In Akiruno, Tokyo, two seven-year-old boys got into difficulties while swimming in the Akikawa river. Rescuers pulled them out, but one of the boys did not survive the ordeal and was pronounced dead at hospital.
In Manazuru, Kanagawa Prefecture, a man in his 60s was found dead after he fell into the sea while walking along the shore and apparently drowned, Fuji reported. Local police said the man may have come to the area to go fishing and while traversing the rocky areas near the beach, he probably lost his footing.
Meanwhile, NHK reported that at a popular swimming area near Kobe, a 46-year-old man who was swimming offshore returned to the beach and then collapsed and died.
Other fatal incidents took place in Kyoto, Ehime, Kagoshima and Okinawa where four deaths were reported.
In Shizuoka and Niigata prefectures, two individuals remained missing Monday after they failed to return from water-related activities.© Japan Today