A 5-year-old boy drowned after he fell off a raft and was swept downstream in the Toyosawa River in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, on Monday.
According to police, the boy had gone to the river with 23 other children and five teachers from a preschool. Sankei Shimbun reported that at about 11 a.m., the boy was on a raft with nine other children and a teacher when he fell into the river. He was swept 50 meters downstream.
A teacher who was on the raft told police he didn't notice that the boy had fallen off until they reached the riverbank.
When rescue workers pulled the boy out about 40 minutes later, he was in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest, police said. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Police said the children were playing on rafts made of wood and tires.© Japan Today