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Two more drown in Okinawa waters

Date Posted: 2007-10-02

Two elderly fishermen are the latest to drown in separate Sunday incidents along Okinawa’s coastline.
A 75-year-old fisherman was found floating in the water outside of Nanjo City’s fishing port Sunday late afternoon. Police say Toyokichi Nakamoto was discovered by one of his grandchildren, face down in the water about 100 meters offshore. Nakamoto had left his home about 2 p.m. to go check his fishing nets.
When he didn’t return by sunset, his grandson began wondering “why he doesn’t come back” and went to the ocean, where he saw a body floating on the water. The grandson called an ambulance, and his grandfather was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Nakamoto, said his grandson, normally wore diving suits and weights, but when he discovered his grandfather, he wasn’t wearing a diving suit.
In northern Okinawa, police received a report at 11:40 a.m. Sunday that a man had been seen fishing at Kunigami Village Hedo Cape, only to be swept away by a high wave. The observer told police he saw the man go under, and then “I couldn’t see him anymore. He was fishing near the beach, and then no more.
Police found 71-year-old Akihiro Shiokawa’s body sinking in 10-meters deep water. The Nakajin man was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

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