Man goes missing after jumping into Tama River 'for fun'


A man in his 30s went missing Sunday evening after he jumped into the Tama River, presumably voluntarily, while he and his friends were having a party nearby, police announced.

The man was attending a barbecue and drinking with friends along the river near Nakahara Ward in Kawasaki at around 6 p.m. when he jumped into the river and was carried away by the flow, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Based on statements by the man’s friends who were present at the scene, police believe that the group was playing around and the man jumped into the river for fun.

The water level in the river was higher than usual as a result of the typhoon that struck most of Japan over the weekend.

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Water and alcohol only mix when consumed. Perhaps one of the legendary Tama river alligators got him.

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Often see the fire rescue boats looking for bodies every year. They are very professional and very nice people. I have a lot of respect for them.

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Got no problem with the ocean: it's tolerant. Rivers are not and scare the hell out of me.

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When you play with fire...

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No sympathy for drunken deaths as I don't see it as accident.

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