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Elderly mainland tourist found dead near Ishigaki beach

Date Posted: 2011-07-21

A 78-year-old tourist visiting southern Okinawa from Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture has been found dead floating in waters off shore in Ishigaki City.

A passerby spotted the body floating on its back along the Kawahira seashore, and called 119. The man was taken to a hospital with cardiopulmonary arrest, but was confirmed dead within an hour. Yaeyama Police are investigating the touristís death, which they say was possibly caused by a medical condition.

The Ishigaki Fire Department Rescue Team was on the scene within minutes and recovered the man from the water. They say the mainlander was sightseeing in southern Okinawa.

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