A Japanese national was rushed to the hospital but was eventually pronounced dead after he suddenly collapsed while fishing on Sunday, October 27 at around 4pm.
Public Safety Director Aloysius Alonz, in an interview, said that the Japanese national in his early 70s, whose name was not disclosed to the media out of respect to the privacy of victim’s family, was fishing with a fellow Japanese and a local when he suddenly fell down the water in the outside reef in front of Aimeliik State.
The two other persons he was with during the incident immediately rescued him and brought him to the Belau National Hospital by boat. He was attempted to be revived by the hospital staff to no avail.
Alonz said that the Japanese man who perished was known as a restaurant owner in Palau. The Bureau of Public Safety (BPS), according to Alonz, has already notified the Japan Embassy to work on the repatriation of the body.
The director said that they are still waiting for the medical test result to determine the cause of the victim’s death but he revealed that the initial investigation they conducted points out that his demise was cause by natural death.