Three junior high students drowned and one other boy remains in a serious condition after getting into difficulties in a river in Aichi Prefecture on Monday.
According to police, the four were part of a group of seven who had come to swim in the Kiso River in Ichinomiya. At about 1:30 p.m., one boy swam out to the center of the river, TBS reported. He got into trouble and three other boys -- still wearing their clothes -- swam out to try and help him. Witnesses said the four were swept away by a current.
Police said three of the boys were found dead a short time later, while the fourth boy was taken to hospital, TBS reported.
Rescue personnel said the center of the river is about 4 meters deep and that there are often fast currents there, even though the river looks calm on the surface.© Japan Today