Police said Tuesday that the bodies of three boys who were swept away by strong currents in the Kiso River in Kakamigahara, Gifu Prefecture, on Monday afternoon, have been found.
The bodies were found on the river bed about 400 meters downstream from where the boys went under, police said. The depth was about 8 meters.
The three boys—two aged 9 and one aged 12—were playing with a fourth boy at the river at around 3 p.m. Monday, Fuji TV reported. Three of them went swimming and got swept away by a strong current, police said.
A search failed to locate them on Monday afternoon and about 300 emergency rescue personnel, police and volunteers resumed their search Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
After the weekend’s heavy rain, many rivers have swollen and prefectural authorities issued flash flood warnings.
The father of one of the missing boys said he had warned his son not to go swimming in the river because it was dangerous and the boy had said he understood, Fuji reported.