A married couple died Saturday night after falling into a pit dug on a beach in Kahoku, Ishikawa Prefecture, rescue workers said. Police identified the victims as Hiroki Demura and his wife Risa, both 23.
According to a report on NHK, Risa and five friends dug a 2.5-meter-deep hole on Friday afternoon as a birthday surprise for her husband. When they went back to the beach on Saturday night with their friends, the Demuras fell in and their upper bodies were covered by sand.
Their friends alerted police and rescue workers pulled the couple out about 45 minutes later. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead due to suffocation, the NHK report said.
The hole was 2.4 meters wide and covered by a blue sheet at the time of the accident, police said.© Japan Today