11 killed, dozens injured in recreational accidents over Bon holidays

Kyodo

Eleven people died and more than 30 were injured Sunday as leisure activity surged nationwide over the Bon holidays, according to a tally compiled by Kyodo News.

Many of the deaths occurred near water, including a 7-year-old boy from Aichi Prefecture who was found dead in a river in Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture. Other accidents took place near beaches in Hokkaido, Niigata, Kyoto, Tottori, Shimane and Kagoshima prefectures.

Many people across the country engaged in some kind of outdoor recreation on the last day of a three-day weekend.

The deceased included Sapporo resident Masaki Ogiyama, 29, who died while visiting a beach in the town of Yoichi, Hokkaido, and Hideaki Aomatsu, 71, from Yokohama, who drowned while collecting shells off Sado Island in Niigata.

In Tottori, Nobuhiko Yamada, 69, of Kobe, went missing at a beach in Aoya. His body was found by a rescue helicopter.

The injured included hikers who tumbled from trails while exploring the mountains.