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Japan Coast Guard rescues American swept out to sea

By HANA KUSUMOTO | STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 8, 2016

TOKYO — An American man was rescued by the Japan coast guard after being swept out to sea Sunday off the Miura Peninsula near Yokosuka.

A passerby called the coast guard about 1:20 p.m. after seeing the 27-year-old and another American man struggling in waters off Jogashima Island. The agency, which dispatched a helicopter and patrol boat, picked up the 27-year-old at 3:22 p.m., the official said.

The victim was taken to a Yokosuka hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The other man managed to swim ashore on his own, said the official who would not identify the men nor confirm whether they were in Japan under the status of forces agreement.

The men told officials they were swimming at a rocky fishing spot off the island when they drifted away. Waves were high at the time because of a typhoon passing near Japan, the official said.

kusumoto.hana@stripes.com

Volunteers from Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, help clean up a beach on Jogashima Island in 2013. The Japan coast guard rescued an American man, 27, who was swept out to sea Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, while swimming at a rocky fishing spot off the island.
DECLAN BARNES/U.S. NAVY

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