A 17-year-old boy was found dead at the bottom of the Arakawa River in Nagatoro, Chichibu, on Sunday, after he attempted to cross the river but got swept away by strong currents, police said.
Keita Ishiwatari, a third-year high school student, went with friends to hang out at the river Sunday morning. He attempted to cross the river with a friend at about 7.30 a.m. but turned back after realizing it was too deep. He lost his footing and was pulled under by a strong current, police said.
Police and emergency personnel from the fire department were called to the scene and found the boy four hours later at the bottom of the river, about 40 meters downstream from where he was pulled under. They attempted to resuscitate the boy but he was pronounced dead at hospital.
Police said that the river was about 40 meters wide where Ishiwatari attempted to cross, and that it was nearly twice as deep as usual in some areas due to rain on Saturday.© News reports