On the last day of the Golden Week holiday, three people died and three are still missing in separate mountain climbing incidents in central and eastern Japan. On Tuesday, two froze to death while climbing Mt. Okuhotakadake, while a woman fell off the trail at Mt. Arafune in Gunma Prefecture. Three people are still missing from Mt. Kumotori and the search for them is still ongoing as of the moment.
According to the police, 46-year-old Osamu Gorai, a company employee, and 68-year-old Kazunori Motozu, an orthopedic clinic worker, went missing late Monday and they searched for them until Tuesday noontime, when they discovered the two climbers’ frozen bodies. A third climber had frostbite, but his condition is stable and the injuries are not life-threatening. A different group of climbers were rescued by helicopter when the group of eight asked for help when several of them suffered from hypothermia and exhaustion and could not move anymore.
Gunma police meanwhile said they received a call on Tuesday afternoon that witnesses saw 69-year-old Hisako Matsushima from Chiba Prefecture fall from a trail off the 1,423-meter Mt. Arafune. They later on discovered her body off a slope of the mountain and confirmed the woman’s death. Yamanashi police said they are still searching for the three missing climbers from Mt. Kumotori while four men who were climbing Mt. Daisen in Tottori Prefecture have been rescued by helicopter.
[ via Mainichi ]
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