Stranded female climber in Japan dies; more missing

Stranded female climber in Japan dies; more missing
A file photo shows Mt. Tsubakurodake.

A woman has died after being stranded in bad weather while climbing a mountain in Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, according to police.

The 64-year-old woman from Fuefuki, Yamanashi Prefecture, was found by rescue workers on Mt. Tsubakurodake on Wednesday.

She was taken to the foot of the mountain by helicopter and confirmed dead Friday.

The Nagano prefectural police said she is believed to have died from hypothermia.

Two other climbers also went missing on Mt. Kitadake in Yamanashi Prefecture on Wednesday.

Of the two, a man from Kyoto Prefecture was rescued from a hut near the summit of the mountain Friday morning, but his climbing partner, a woman from Osaka Prefecture, remained missing.

In Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, a 47-year-old company employee who was trekking from Mt. Nyoho to Mt. Nantai did not descend Wednesday as scheduled.

His friend contacted local police the following day. Authorities dispatched a helicopter to search for him Friday, but the operation was suspended due to bad weather.

Three people were unaccounted for at Kagura Ski Resort in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture.

The resort operator reported to a local police station on Friday evening that three snowboarders had not returned.

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