Two eight-year-old boys drowned after they fell into a small lake at a golf course in Kani, Gifu Prefecture.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 5 p.m. Monday. NTV reported Wednesday that the boys had been playing near the man-made lake at Nagoya Hills Golf Club.
According to the police and fire department, the two boys were playing with another boy, throwing stones into the lake. The lake is about 160 meters in length and 45 meters in width. The deepest area of the lake is about 5 meters.
The boys who died were identified as Ryuto Yonezawa and Riku Okazaki, both of whom were 2nd graders at Joto Elementary School in Inuyama, Aichi. Police said one of the boys fell into the lake and his friend dived in to save him but both got into difficulties. The third boy ran home to get his mother, who in turn contacted Yonezawa's mother.
By the time the fire department responded to the accident, the two women had pulled the boys out of the lake but they were unconscious. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Police said nobody should have been out on the golf course at that time of the afternoon and said the boys entered the golf course through a hole in the fence.© Japan Yoday