A 6-year-old boy drowned on Thursday while trying to catch crabs in an irrigation ditch in Misato, Saitama Prefecture.
According to police, a 7-year-old boy ran to a nearby police station to report that his friend had fallen into an irrigation channel nearby while they were playing, Fuji TV said. Police rushed to the scene and pulled the boy, who has been identified as Riki Iwashita, from the water.
Iwashita was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police said the channel was 1.3 meters in width, 1.5 meters deep and said that it did not have guard rails along its edges, Fuji reported.
Police said Riki had been attempting to catch crabs when he lost his balance and fell into the water.© Japan Today