Police said Monday they have launched an investigation into how an elementary schoolboy died after apparently falling into an irrigation canal in Nichinan, Miyazaki Prefecture on Sunday.
According to police, Yuya Sato, 6, was found floating face down in the canal following an emergency call from a member of the public. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for around two hours before being pronounced dead, TBS reported.
Yuya's family say that he told them he was going to play in a nearby park and left the house shortly after midday. His body was found at around 3 p.m. in the canal measuring 3 meters wide and 1 meter deep. City officials say that there was very little current in the water and that no-entry signs had been placed nearby.© Japan Today