A 16-year-old boy drowned in a river in Usa, Oita Prefecture, on Saturday.
According to police, the boy, Ko Nakashima, and three high school classmates were swimming in the Yakkan River at around 2 p.m., local media reported. Nakashima was swimming in the middle of the river when he was swept away by a current, his friends told police.
A rescue team found his body about two hours later. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5 p.m.
The river is about 125 meters wide and two meters deep at the spot where the boys were swimming.© Japan Today