Police in Sasaguri, Fukuoka Prefecture, said Thursday that a 6-year-old boy apparently drowned after he fell into an irrigation ditch.
According to police, the boy was playing in the waterway on Wednesday night. Sankei Shimbun reported that at around 9 p.m., Kenichi Yokoyama found the body of his son Yuta floating face down. Emergency rescue personnel confirmed the boy's death at the scene.
Yokoyama told police that Yuta went out to play in front of his house at around 6:30 p.m. A short time later, his parents noticed he was gone and started looking for him.
The irrigation ditch runs near the house. It is approximately 3 meters across and 1.2 meters deep. Nearly 50 meters downstream from where the boy was found, his parents found the clothes he had been wearing, Sankei reported.
Yuta's father said his son had told him he wanted to go out and fish for crayfish, leading investigators to believe that while out playing in the water, Yuta fell in and drowned.© Japan Today