A woman drowned after she tried to rescue a child in difficulties at Kujukuri Beach in Chiba Prefecture on Sunday afternoon.
According to police, seven children were playing together on the beach just after 12:30 when one of them, 11-year-old Rina Miyagi, slipped into an area of deep water. Tomoyo Koike, 41, was at the beach with her partner and his daughter when she saw the girl and attempted to rescue her but she got into difficulties herself and disappeared beneath the surface.
The woman's partner searched for her, but by the time he found her, she was already dead. A nearby surfer rescued Miyagi. The girl was taken to hospital unconscious but is in a stable condition, police said.
The beach in question opens officially on July 1. Swimming was prohibited Sunday due to rip currents.© News reports