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9-year-old boy drowns in river in Osaka

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A nine-year-old boy drowned and two of his friends were rescued after they got into difficulties in the Yamato River in Osaka on Sunday.

According to police, at around 4:15 p.m., six elementary school students were playing in the river near Oriono Bridge in Sumiyoshi Ward, Fuji TV reported. Three of the children were swept away.

Two boys, aged 10 and 11, were rescued by a man who was passing by, but the third boy was nowhere in sight. His body was found three hours later. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The depth of the water where the boys were swept away was approximately 1.5 meters.

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Very sad.

Us parents need to watch our young children very closely and thoroughly educate older ones about safety. It must be heartbreaking to lose a child like this.

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It’s bad enough further out, lots of trash and not exactly the sweetest water one would care to take a dip in. By the time it gets to Sumiyoshi and closer to the sea, it’s little more than a drain. I guess these kids had nowhere else to go as the municipal pools shut as soon as summer’s officially over. In a more compassionate society than this one, the little boy’s death might have been avoided since there would’ve been funding that would’ve allowed those pools to stay open just a few weeks longer.

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In a more compassionate society than this one, the little boy’s death might have been avoided since there would’ve been funding that would’ve allowed those pools to stay open just a few weeks longer.

Maybe that funding was needed for more pressing and more "compassionate" needs, like aid for the homeless or funding meals for kids from low-income families.

Sorry, but I have no idea how closing of swimming pools at a given date somehow makes a society "un-compassionate."

Please don't turn tragedies like this into an excuse to engage in Japan-bashing.

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Kids and water all too often end up in tragedy. This was just s group of boys hanging out by the river. POssibly, there should have been parental supervision, but boys will be boys. Condolences to the family.

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Sorry, but I have no idea how closing of swimming pools at a given date somehow makes a society "un-compassionate."

"Un-compassionate" might not be the right choice of words, but I think oyatoi has a point that if pools were open, they could've been playing there and not at the river. Especially with consecutive 3-day weekends, it couldn't hurt to have the pools open during that time.

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What could go wrong with young kids playing in deep water.....

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What could go wrong with young kids playing in deep water.....

1.5m is not typically considered deep.

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