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Father drowns while trying to save 6-year-old son


A 33-year-old man drowned after he jumped into a river to try and save his six-year-old son who had gotten into difficulties in Kihoku, Ehime Prefecture.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 3:40 p.m. Saturday at the Hiromi River. Sankei Shimbun reported that the man, Hideaki Miyasato had taken his wife and five children to the river for an afternoon of leisure.

When the six-year-old boy lost his footing near the edge of the river and fell in, Miyasato jumped in after him. However, a strong current carried him away. Another of his sons, aged 12, called 110 for help.

Miyasato was found downstream, floating on his back against a concrete floodgate. He was unconscious and taken to hospital where he died about three hours later.

The six-year-old boy who had fallen into the river made it back to the riverbank by himself and was uninjured, police said.

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How many times have I read this !?

A falls into river / lake / sea

B dives in to save A.

B drowns & A survives

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I don't worry about the sea so much - it is forgiving. Rivers terrify me.

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Do we know if he knew how to swim ?

Think first.


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It must have been a pretty dangerous place for a six year old to be so close to the water’s edge. That’s five kids that lost their father from a moment of poor judgement. Pretty sad. :-(

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tooheysnew: "How many times have I read this !?"

No kidding. Completely preventable deaths. RIP to the father, who only had good intentions. If only the parents had kept the kid from playing there to begin with.

-8 ( +9 / -17 )

Water safety please Japan

this man did what any one of us would have done under the same circumstances.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

This is just sad. What a terrible accident.

I fell in a river once when I was a kid and was luckily saved.

Not a great swimmer but I'd do the same for my son.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

What a sad story.

RIP to the hero of a father.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Poor dad. Sacrificed his life for his child. A real hero.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

That child will need a lot of love from now on because you just know he’ll be beating himself up over his father’s death.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Ditto what Bungle said.

Meanwhile it seems like recently every headline that catches my attention regarding swimming in the USA involves a death or serious maiming from contracting a brain eating amoeba or flesh eating bacteria or some such. Or the drowning of a very young child in a home pool.

The older I get the more inclined I am to stay away from water other than my home shower.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

A Dedicated Father for his Kids, may he RIP, he died with Honor.

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The boy lost his footing near the edge of the river and fell in, Miyasato jumped in after him. The boy made it back to the riverbank by himself and was uninjured. I guess his number was up. I feel for the mother and the five children. Sad story...

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RIP I've said it here before, if you are not a confident swimmer, do not make the rescue more difficult.

If you are playing near water, have a boyancy aid somewhere.

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