Ten people died and one person was seriously injured in water-related accidents across Japan over the long weekend.
Among the fatalities was a 46-year-old man who was swept away by strong currents after attempting to rescue his fifth-grade son, who had fallen into a river in Kochi City, Fuji TV reported.
Elsewhere, in Toba, Mie Prefecture, a 76-year-old man, who was fishing on his recreational boat, fell into the sea and drowned, the coast guard said. In Motosu, Gifu Prefecture, a 73-year-old man, who was fishing for "ayu" (sweetfish) with his friends at a river, lost his footing and was swept away. He was pulled from the water a short time later but was pronounced dead at hospital.
In Ino, Kochi Prefecture, a 20-year-old male university student, who was playing in the river with friends, suddenly went missing. About three hours later, his body was found. He was confirmed dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, in Kozagawa, Wakayama Prefecture, an elementary school girl was playing alone in a river when she got into difficulties. She was pulled from the river and taken to hospital where she remains unconscious, police said.© Japan Today