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Ishigaki harbor sees four fatal drownings within week

Date Posted: 2004-05-27

Four people have drowned in Ishigaki Harbor within a span of one week after falling from the pier. Three of the four were drunk.

The first accident happened on May 13 when a 77-year-old man somehow drove his bicycle off the pier and drowned. Eyewitnesses called a rescue team and an ambulance but the man was pronounced dead upon arrival at a hospital.

The second accident took place on May 16 when a 48-year-old man who had been drinking at a local pub tumbled from the pier and drowned.

The third accident happened a couple of days later. An elderly man from Taketomi Island who had attended a wedding party in Ishigaki walked to the harbor in order to take a boat to Taketomi. He went missing instead and was found the next day floating face down on the ocean in the port.

Finally, on May 20, a 26-year-old man who had attended a party with friends at a restaurant in the Ishigaki Port Terminal Building walked out of the building, fell into ocean and drowned.

Such spate of fatal accidents has officials at the harbor and the local Maritime Safety Agency scratching their heads for solutions to prevent such accidents from happening in the future.

Some officials blame the environment. “Ishigaki Port has too many bars and pubs in the area, although I don’t remember ever witnessing so many fatal accidents within so short time here. We possibly can’t fence off the port because so many ferries come from outer islands. Also, there are very few streetlights in the area, and increasing those might help,” a manager at the port pondered.

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