A 49-year-old woman died after attempting to rescue two children who fell into the Hikigawa River in Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, police said.
According to police, the occurred at around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday. Two elementary school girls, aged 8 and 10, were playing near the edge of the river when they slipped and fell into the water, Sankei Shimbun reported. The mother of the 10-year-old girl jumped in to try and save the two children, but she got into difficulties and was swept away by currents before going under.
She was later found in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest and confirmed dead at the hospital. The 8-year-old girl is in a critical condition, while the 10-year-old girl managed to get to shore safely on her own.
Police said the deceased woman,Yukiko Tokuda, a nursing facility worker, was at the river with her daughter and four other elementary school students.© Japan Today