Police and firefighters in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, on Sunday morning resumed their search for a 41-year-old man who went missing on Saturday night after he jumped into a river to save for his two-year–old son whom he accidentally dropped into the river from a bridge.
According to police and witnesses, the incident occurred at Kinugawa Onsen Fureai Bridge at around 9 p.m. Fuji TV reported that Ryuji Yanbe was on the bridge, holding his son, watching a fireworks display. When he leaned over the bridge railing, the boy slipped from his grasp and fell about 10 meters into the river below. Yanbe immediately jumped into the river after his son but was apparently swept away by an undercurrent, police believe.
Witnesses called 110 and the boy was found on a riverbank about one hour later. He suffered light injuries but his life is in no danger because he fell onto some tree branches, police said Sunday.
Police said that at the time of the incident, the river was swollen due to heavy rain during the week.
Yanbe, his wife and their three children had come from Chiba Prefecture and were staying at the hot spring resort for the weekend.© Japan Today