1 hiker dead, another missing on Mt. Fuji
tokyoreporter.com -- Nov 21
An 18-year-old male university student hiking up Mount Fuji died in a fall near the 3,776-meter summit while a member of his group remains missing, Shizuoka Prefectural Police said on Sunday, reports NHK.

At around 10 a.m. on Sunday, Ibuki Suemoto, an 18-year-old university student in Hikari City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, telephoned emergency services with his mobile phone to report that he had fallen near the 9th Station, located at an elevation of 3,600 meters, and suffered a bone fracture in his foot.

At around 5:00 p.m. a rescue team discovered Suemoto's unconscious body off a trail near the 7th Station. He is believed to have fallen again after making the emergency call. He was confirmed dead on Sunday night.

Another Katsutoshi Watanabe, a 64-year-old from Hiroshima Prefecture, also fell on the mountain. He is currently missing. A rescue team consisting of 15 persons was scheduled to begin searching for him at 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

Suemoto and Watanabe are among a six-person group from Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures that set out for the summit from Yamanashi Prefecture at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. The other members of the group returned safely.

On Sunday, snow and ice were recorded near the summit with the temperature reaching as low as minus 9.3 degrees Centigrade, according to Fuji News Network (Nov. 21).

富士山の9合目付近から男性2人が滑落しました。警察が捜索していますが、行方は分かっていません。 20日午前10時ごろ、静岡県の須走ルート9合目付近で男性2人が登山道から100メートルほど滑落し、落ちたうちの1人が110番通報して救助を要請しました。
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