High school boy dies of suspected heat stroke
NIIGATA — A high school boy has died of suspected heat stroke during a school baseball club training session, local police said.
At around 9:45 a.m. on July 29, police officers found a 16-year-old, first-year student at Niigata Prefectural Niitsu High School lying on a slope along a municipal road in Akiha Ward, Niigata. He was immediately pronounced dead. The boy’s name was not immediately released.
The student was among about 30 members of the school’s baseball team running along a course about 10 kilometers long around their school from around 1 p.m. the previous day as part of their training session. The team later returned to school and finished training in the evening.
The boy’s parents contacted the school on the morning of July 29 after he failed to come home, prompting local police to launch a search for him. Officers found him on the grass-covered slope along the road, which was part of the running course, later in the morning.
The temperature in Akiha Ward rose to 34.1 degrees Celsius on July 28, according to the Niigata Local Meteorological Observatory.
July 30, 2012(Mainichi Japan)