A 6-year-old boy drowned while playing in a pond on Monday afternoon in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.
Police said they received a call at around 4 p.m. from a man saying that a young boy had drowned in a pond located in the vicinity of a waste incineration plant, TV Asahi reported Tuesday.
Police and firefighters rushed to the scene and pulled out Ryuto Matsumura. The boy was in a state of cardio-respiratory arrest and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead approximately three hours later.
According to police, Ryuto went with his older brother and three friends to the pond to swim and play. Due to the recent excess rainfall, the pond's depth reached nearly 2 meters or more in some areas. Because of the dangerously high and abnormal water levels, a fence was erected around the pond and a sign was posted advising people not to swim there.
Police said the children told them they jumped over the fence.© Japan Today