Three people are dead and one remains unconscious after a family of four fell into a silo used for storage of livestock feed in the town of Gokase, Miyazaki Prefecture, on Tuesday, police said Wednesday. The family had fallen on top of each other and police believe they suffocated in the silo, which was 1.2 meters in diameter and about 4 meters tall.
Police identified the dead as local farmer Kazuo Miyazaki, 60, his wife Shizue, 59, and his mother Tomiko, 79. Miyazaki's grandson Riku, 7, remains unconscious. Police suspect the three adults fell into the silo while trying to rescue Riku, who had already fallen in.© News reports