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10 Climbers Rescued Near Top of Mt. Nishi-Azuma


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March 10, 2001

Camp4 - Climbing News Archive

A party of 10 middle-aged and elderly climbers was rescued near the top of Mt. Nishi-Azuma straddling the border of Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures Wednesday after spending a night in the snow, police said.

Yamagata prefectural police rescued the group, including three women, shortly after 8:40 a.m. around the top of the 2,035-meter mountain, where a blizzard had reduced visibility to some 20 meters.

Members of the group used a cell phone to alert police around 1 p.m. Tuesday after one of the members, Fumio Hoshino, a 55-year-old company employee from Fukushima Prefecture, suffered frostbite.

The party, led by Kazuhito Takahashi, 59, from Sayama, Saitama Prefecture, started climbing the mountain on Saturday and was due to return home Sunday, but bad weather forced them to stay in a mountain hut for two nights. They began descending the mountain Tuesday.

The police mobilized a total of 46 officers to search for the climbers.

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