6-year-old boy drowns after falling into irrigation reservoir in Miyagi Prefecture


A six-year-old boy drowned after he fell into an irrigation reservoir in Kurihara City, Miyagi Prefecture, on Tuesday afternoon.

The boy, Fu Sasaki, was fishing and playing with his brother and five friends at the unfenced reservoir when he fell into the water just after 4 p.m., Kyodo News reported. His 10-year-old brother jumped in to try and save him but got into difficulties. A 71-year-old man who was nearby managed to pull both boys out of the water.

Kaede was taken to hospital in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest and was pronounced dead on arrival. His older brother was uninjured.

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The older brother will feel guilt for a bit. I hope he gets mental stability assistance by professionals.

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Another spring school break tragedy. The old man put his own life a risk and saved one. Certainly he wishes he could have done more. How tragic for the family & community. Condolences offered to all.

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Sad! Teach your kids to swim people! Kids can learn to swim before they can walk.

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Teach your kids to swim people! Kids can learn to swim before they can walk.

exactly, yes I know anybody can drown even if they can swim, but your chances are drowning are far less likely compared to somebody who cant swim. my kids have been swimming since 4yrs old, my oldest now 14 is so use to swimming as hes been in a club since 5yrs old, its just second nature, his school has even allowed him to forgo school club sports since they see he swims in a club and doing two club sports is just too much for a kid that has to study also, after some strong persuading from Mum and me. yes my son also plays tennis and loves skiing, so swimming isnt his only passion. Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do, works your entire body and isnt as hard on the joints as running volleyball tennis etc. The only downside of a kid that swims a lot is the amount of food you have to feed them

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Where were the parents? Pretty irresponsible to let a 6yo child go unaccompanied. But not uncommon in Japan. RIP.

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All communities should have a public fund to financially reward brave citizens that risk their lives to save others. Just even a tiny percent of what we pay sports or movie celebrities. I agree with all the other posters that think that was super cool of that old guy.

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These reservoirs and canals are death traps, they need to be covered by metal fences screens, where I live the city is covering them with metal screens especially near elementary schools and pedestrians areas and it works really well.

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LamillyApr. 6  05:23 pm JST

Children shouldn't be near water unsupervised.

Very sad and avoidable. This morning in my neighborhood, a baby went out to a street intersection alone. A neighbor picked the child up before could get killed by a vehicle, thank God.

It happens too many times around the world. Child neglect and endangerment is too rampant.

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