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4 drown in waters off Kanagawa beaches; 2 missing off Chiba

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Four people drowned Sunday in waters off beaches in Kanagawa Prefecture, police and firefighters said Monday. One of the victims was a 44-year-old woman who had gone into the water to try and save her 11-year-old daughter after she got into difficulties while swimming on Sunday morning.

The girl and another man who tried to help rescue her were not injured. The girl’s mother died late Sunday after being in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest.

On Sunday afternoon at around 3 p.m., three men drowned while swimming at beaches at Fujisawa, Miura and Manazuru in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Meanwhile, five people got into trouble while swimming at a beach in Tateyama, Chiba Prefecture, early Monday morning. Three of them managed to make it back to shore but two men, aged 18 and 19, remained missing on Monday afternoon.

Japan Coast Guard officials said Typhoon 10 has brought waves up to four meters high and rip currents to the area.

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I was at Onjuku with the family over the weekend. Very big swell there, particularly on Sunday when the lifeguards only let surfers in the water.

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.....problem is when at the beach at the OCEAN too many don't have the knowledge & don't respect the powers at play there. Even waters that don't look like much is going on can be dangerous.

I grew up around lakes & rivers(that were basically small & thin lakes joined by smallish waterfalls) but oceans are a totally different beast, which personally I have little experience with so simply would go in most of the time!

Common sense folks!

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I thought all Japanese were heavily into swimming lessons. I guess not

How well you swim is irrelevant when the wave and rip currents are as strong as they’ve been these past few days.

I’m glad my family and I decided to leave the beach as soon as we saw the conditions on Saturday. The water was fierce!

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I grew up in the California coastal area. You learn to respect the sea - I'll spend ten minutes observing tidal patterns before entering - but it is manageable if you learn her ways.

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Spent the weekend at Shirahama beach in Izu. The lifeguards wouldn't allow swimming for most of Saturday and on Sunday no one could go in more than waist deep as the currents and undertow were incredibly strong. The power of the ocean is pretty fearsome and needs to be respected at all times. RIP to the people who perished.

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I thought all Japanese were heavily into swimming lessons. I guess not

Currents and typhoon-influenced waves don't care about nationality.

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I started surfing when I was ten and was a surf lifesaver for over twenty years. I have performed literally hundreds of rescues.

That's to be lauded. I'm sure your bravery is appreciated by all you rescued.

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Damn! Just stay out of the surf! If there are waves and no lifesavers, do not go in the water!

Water safety starts with education and then, learning to swim. Neither of which are part of the Japanese lifestyle. Therefore, just stay out of the surf!

I started surfing when I was ten and was a surf lifesaver for over twenty years. I have performed literally hundreds of rescues.

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Be careful & if in doubt, stay out.

It's understandable in this extreme heat people will want to cool down but there are always hidden dangers.

RIP to those poor people who just wanted respite from the heat and to enjoy themselves.

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While living out in Chiba, I had the oportunity to use a work truck to drive to the beach any time I wanted, and from Yachimata, it doesn't take long. All the times I went in the water while living there, it was never more than knee deep, you have to look at what the water is doing, if it LOOKS rough, even if the waves are small, DON'T go IN.

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I thought all Japanese were heavily into swimming lessons. I guess not.

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Headline I saw this morning said there’s been 15 or 16 water accident deaths around Japan this holiday.

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1) Learn to read. No swimming signs are posted for a reason.

2) Learn to swim.

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Please be careful everyone.

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