A man in his 50s and two young boys drowned in Akita Prefecture, police said Monday.
According to police, the two young boys, aged 5 and 9, were swimming at a beach in Oga when they were swept out to sea by the current at around 5 p.m. on Sunday. TV Asahi reported that a man in his 50s swam out in an attempt to rescue the boys, but he also got into difficulty and went under.
The three victims were pulled out of the water by a fisherman and taken to hospital where they were confirmed dead, police said.
Police say the three were part of a 10-person group attending a barbecue at the beach.© Japan Today