The body of Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of the iconic manga series “Yu-Gi-Oh,” was found floating in the water off the coast of Naga City in Okinawa, Japan, in the month of July. He was 60 years old at the time of his untimely death.
According to a subsequent source, the well-known manga artist passed away while attempting to assist a United States Army officer in rescuing three individuals who were stuck in a riptide at a well-known diving location known as Mermaid’s Grotto.
Maj. Robert Bourgeau, a scuba diving instructor, explained to Stars and Stripes that he was teaching some students when he spotted a Japanese mother calling for help for her 11-year-old daughter and a U.S. soldier who were caught in a whirlpool about 100 yards from shore. Bourgeau said that he was teaching some students when he spotted the mother calling for help.
Bourgeau described what happened, saying, “I grabbed mom and I grabbed [the girl], and I just kicked for my life.” She went on to mention that the soldier was also able to make it back to land.
Unbeknownst to Bourgeau, Takahashi also rushed into action to try to save the woman and her daughter, but he ended up getting sucked into the vortex himself. Bourgeau was unable to save any of them. Even though Bourgeau never saw Takahashi enter the sea, his students have testified that they had glimpses of him attempting to aid before he disappeared beneath the waves.
Regarding Takahashi, Bourgeau referred to him as a hero. “He died trying to save someone else.”