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University Professor drowns while surfing

Date Posted: 2011-09-17

A 48-year-old Ryukyu University professor has drowned in waters off Tokujin Port on Kudaka Island.

Professor Tsuyoshi Ogura had been surfing off a reef near the port last weekend. He vanished from sight, and his body was discovered by a friend. Ogura, a 30-year surfing veteran, was pulled to shore and transported to a hospital by helicopter, but was pronounced dead of cardiopulmonary arrest.

Japan Coast Guard officials say Ogura had gone to Kudaka Island together with his friend in the morning, and started surfing about 10:15 a.m. After surfing together several hours, the two men tackled new waves. As Ogura rode a wave 40~50 meters out to sea, the friend lost sight of him. Later, Ogura was found floating face down, 4-5 meters from the seashore.

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