Tragedy struck a family of four visiting the beach in Nichinan City, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Sunday when the mother of two boys drowned while attempting to save her oldest son, who had fallen off the rocky shore into the water.
According to police, 34-year-old Hiromi Miyata had come to the beach with her husband, 40, and her two sons, 8 and 10. Her husband had gone off fishing and the three were playing along the shore when her oldest son fell into the water and got into difficulties.
Police said that Miyata attempted to save the boy but went under after she dived into the water. She was rushed to a hospital but died soon after. Her son was able to climb up onto a rocky area nearby and escaped injury.© News reports