Tourist drowns in diving accident

A 66-year-old male tourist from Kanagawa Prefecture on a diving tour to Miyako Island, complained feeling ill when he surfaced after a dive in the morning of Nov. 10 off Sarahama in Irabu, Miyakojima City.  Before the boat crew managed to get the man back on board, he fell unconscious.

The man was taken to Miyako Hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Miyako Island Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the accident, and the cause of the man’s death.  According to the Coast Guard investigation, the man had been diving together with two other customers, who were being supervised by three instructors for about 30 minutes before the accident.

The man had complained of some unspecified poor physical condition when he surfaced.