A 64-year-old woman died after she got into difficulties while taking part in an open water swimming race in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon.
According to police, Masako Tsurumi was one of 24 participants in the race. She was part of a 4-person relay team, with each having to swim 400 meters. Sankei reported that a lifesaver spotted her struggling in the water outside the course with about 100 meters to go. By the time the lifesaver got her to shore, she had already stopped breathing.
The woman was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Race organizers said there were no waves at the time.© Japan Today