2 children, aged 4 and 3, die after falling into irrigation canal
Police said Monday that two children died after falling into an irrigation canal near their homes in Okayama on Sunday.
Police say that 3-year-old Yuhi Takeuchi and 4-year-old Naoki Toda, were playing near the channel at around 5 p.m., TBS reported. At the time, it is thought that the water level in the canal had risen to over a meter, following heavy rain.
Yuhi’s mother went to search the area and found them in the water and pulled them out. They were taken to a nearby hospital where Naoki was pronounced dead. Yuhi remained unconscious until around 1 a.m. Monday, at which point he too was pronounced dead, TBS reported.
Investigators say there was a safety barrier next to the 1-meter-deep canal, but that there was a 40-cm gap in the fence through which the boys are believed to have entered.