Kite surfing tourist dies

A 59-year-old company employee from Chiba Prefecture, Mikio Suzuki was kite surfing off Hateno-Hama Beach in Kumejima Town, when a sudden strong gust of wind flipped him pver, and he was slammed on the surface of the ocean about noon on Dec. 23.

Suzuki went into cardiopulmonary arrest and was taken to a hospital, but he was pronounced dead later on the same day.

According to Kumejima Town Fire Department and Naha Police, Suzuki was visiting Kume Island with his wife and friends on a tour.