Kazuki Takahashi Died Trying To Aid a US Military Officer in Rescuing Riptide Victims

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There is new information on the recent death of Yu-Gi-Oh Creator, Kazuki Takahashi. According to a new report from Matthew M. Burke, a reporter from Stars and Stripes, a US Military Newspaper, the Manga Creator was aiding a U.S. Military Officer in saving three people from a riptide near Mermaid’s Grotto in Onna, Okinawa.

U.S. Army Major Robert Bourgeau, a Diving Instructor, was trying to save an 11-year-old girl, her mother, and a U.S. Soldier who was trapped in a rip current about 100 meters near shore on July 4th. Bourgeau was unaware that Takahashi tried to aid him in the rescue.

Bourgeau said Takahashi had entered the water during the rescue but did not see Takahashi during the ordeal. Bourgeau’s students, however, whom he had met with just after 2:00 pm that day, caught a glimpse of the manga creator until he disappeared beneath the waves.

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The Japan Coast Guard found Takahashi’s body off the coast of Awa, Nago City on the morning of July 6th, in shallow water 300 meters (1,000 feet) away from the shoreline.

The spokesman for the Japan Coast Guard declined to confirm that Takahashi did indeed participate in the rescue attempt, but several statements from sworn witnesses provided by the army detailed his actions that day. Takahashi’s autopsy concluded that he died from drowning and that there were no signs of foul play.

Bourgeau was recognized by the U.S Army for saving the three people. His command nominated him in September for the Soldier’s Medal, which recognizes acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. Bourgeau said Takahashi is a hero and that “he died trying to save someone else.”

Source: Stars and Stripes

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