3 junior high school students drown in Aichi river
Three junior high students drowned and one other boy remains in a serious condition after getting into difficulties in a river in Aichi Prefecture on Monday.
According to police, the four were part of a group of seven who had come to swim in the Kiso River in Ichinomiya. At about 1:30 p.m., one boy swam out to the center of the river, TBS reported. He got into trouble and three other boys—still wearing their clothes—swam out to try and help him. Witnesses said the four were swept away by a current.
Police said three of the boys were found dead a short time later, while the fourth boy was taken to hospital, TBS reported.
Rescue personnel said the center of the river is about 4 meters deep and that there are often fast currents there, even though the river looks calm on the surface.