A 60-year-old man and a seven-year-old girl drowned in a pond in Usuki, Oita Prefecture, on Friday.
According to police, at around 5:20 p.m., the fire department received a call from a local resident, reporting that two people had got into difficulties in the pond, Fuji TV reported. Rescuers arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and pulled Kazunori Hirota and second-year elementary school student Akari Kikuguchi from the water.
Both were taken to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Kikuguchi been playing with her classmate, Hirota's daughter, at the edge of the pond when she tripped and fell into the water. When Hirota went in to save the girl, he disappeared beneath the surface.
Police said the pond is about three meters deep. It has an embankment about one meter high.© Japan Today