A 10-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother remained missing Monday after they were swept away while swimming in the Hida River in Gifu Prefecture, on Sunday.
According to police, the children were playing with their friends at the river's edge in Gero City at around 5 p.m. Fuji TV reported that the boy slipped and fell into the river. The girl went into the river to save her brother, but she, too, disappeared.
About 130 members of police and rescue teams, including divers, searched for the children until 9 p.m. Sunday and then resumed their search Monday, but the siblings remain missing.
Local residents said the river was swollen due to heavy rainfall in the area recently, Fuji reported.© Japan Today