Sunday, September 8, 2013

18-year-old Okinawan rescues Korean university student | Japan Update

18-year-old Daito Sakihama from Yomitan received a certificate of appreciation from the Kunigami Fire Department on Aug. 29. Sakihama was cited for rescuing a Korean university student who was drowning at the Tanaga-gumui waterfall in Aha, Kunigami Village, on Aug. 3.

According to a fire department spokesman, Sakihama had been on a picnic on the shore of the waterfall pond, when he heard someone shouting for help, and saw a man in distress and obviously about to drown in the middle of the pond under the waterfall. Sakihama then jumped into the pond and swam some 20 meters to reach the drowning man. Ha managed to grab his arm, although the man had already sunk underwater and pulled to man to the shore. Once on the shore the man quickly recovered and was not in need of hospitalization.

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Comment: WHAAAAT!!! Didn't need hospitalization? In Japan?? Really??? This is the nation where guys go to the hospital for a paper cut!!! My guess is the guy really was Korean and just didn't know what he was missing!

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