Father drowns trying to save 2 sons off Kanagawa coast
A man drowned on Sunday morning after he jumped into the sea to try and save his sons who had slipped off rocks on the coast near Odawara in Kanagawa Prefecture.
According to police, Atsushi Oka, 32, and his two sons, aged 9 and 5, had come to the coastline to go fishing. NTV quoted police as saying that at around 9:30 a.m., the two boys lost their footing and fell into the sea. Witnesses said Oka jumped in after the kids but disappeared from view.
Another fisherman helped the 5-year-old boy, while the 9-year-old made it back to land by himself.
Emergency services were called and Oka’s body was retrieved about one hour later, police said. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.