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Sumo wrestlers save woman from drowning in Tokyo river

Metropolitan Police Department headquarters (Mainichi/Kenji Yoneda)

TOKYO -- Some 20 sumo wrestlers from the Sakaigawa stable saved a woman from drowning in a river in the capital's Adachi Ward on the morning of June 10.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department's Takenotsuka Police Station, a woman in her 30s fell from a bridge stretching across the Kenaga River at around 5 a.m. A man in his 70s who heard the woman scream, "I can't die," called the police.

The woman was swept to the brink, and the man rushed to a river wall at the scene from which he tried to grab her hand, but was unable to lift her up. The stable master of the Sakaigawa stable, situated along the river, also heard the woman scream, and brought some 20 sumo wrestlers to help save her.

The wrestlers were able to pull her up over the river wall. Though an ambulance had arrived at the scene soon after the call, medics had to lift the stretcher about 2 meters to carry the woman up to the road. The wrestlers also helped by carrying the stretcher.

The woman was then sent to a hospital, but reportedly did not suffer any injuries. The police station plans to send the stable a certificate of appreciation.

(Japanese original by Hironori Tsuchie, City News Department)

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