Three boys drowned while playing in a pond in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sunday afternoon, police said. The three boys were aged 9, 7, and 7.
According to police officials, at around 2:20 p.m., a 6-year-old boy turned up at a police box and said that three boys he was playing with had disappeared in nearby Nonoike pond. Police and firefighters searched the pond and found the missing boys about 90 minutes later. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Local residents said the pond is a popular spot for children to play because it has many turtles, shrimp and other creatures. The 750-meter perimeter is surrounded by a 1 1/2-meter-high fence, but locals said that children often climb over it.© Compiled from news reports