A 4-year-old girl drowned after she fell out of a boat into a river in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Tuesday morning.
According to police, the girl, Momoka Ochi, was in the boat, fishing with her father, mother and 2-year-old brother when she she and her brother fell overboard at around 11:30 a.m., Fuji TV reported. The father dived in and rescued the boy but could not find Momoka.
The mother called 119 and divers found Momoka's body about three hours later. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead at around 4 p.m.
Police said neither of the children were wearing life jackets and that the river was about three meters deep at the point where they fell in. They were sitting on a bench at the back of the boat when they leaned back and went over.
The family had come from Tsukuba for the day. The aluminum boat was 3.3 meters long and about 1.1 meters wide and the family had been out on the river since about 8 a.m.© japan Today