• Kyodo


A high school student died Sunday morning after a minicar he and two other students were riding in fell into the ocean at a pier in Taketoyo, Aichi Prefecture, police said.

The drowned student was identified as Yusuke Watarai, 17, a sophomore from Aichi Prefecture.

The two students who survived the accident told police that Watarai was trapped in the car when it fell off the pier at around 4 a.m., while they escaped through an open window.

Firefighters pulled Watarai from the water one hour later and he was confirmed dead at a hospital, police said.

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