A man and his two children drowned in a small lake Friday while fishing in Ohiramura, Miyagi Prefecture, police said Saturday.
The victims were identified as Katsushi Otomo, 36, and his two sons, Haruto, 9, and Hinata, 5.
According to police, Otomo, his wife and their sons had gone fishing at the lake at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Fuji TV reported. At 7:40 p.m., Otomo’s wife, who had remained in the car, called 110 and said that her husband and two sons were missing.
Police and firefighters searched the lake and found Otomo and his sons who were all in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest. They were taken to hospital where they were confirmed dead.
Police believe the boys might have fallen into the lake and that their father got into difficulties when he went into the water to try and save them.© Japan Today