Three climbers die in mountaineering accidents

Kyodo

Three climbers were confirmed dead Monday in accidents that occurred over the Golden Week holidays on multiple mountains in Nagano Prefecture, according to police.

The local police recovered a man’s body near the site of an avalanche that took place April 27 on Mount. Shirouma and identified it as Atsushi Imai, 50, from Yamaguchi Prefecture who had been missing since the avalanche.

They have not yet been able to find a 32-year-old man who is believed to have been caught in the avalanche as well.

The body of a man who fell from a ridge on another mountain Sunday was found Monday morning in a snowy gorge about 100 meters below the ridge and confirmed to be Masaru Kato, 71, from Tokyo.

At another mountain, 62-year-old Shigeru Shimizu from Saitama Prefecture who went missing after starting to climb alone on April 28 was found dead buried in snow.

In addition, the bodies of two individuals who died after falling at different mountains Sunday were identified Monday as Makoto Hishiki, 55, from Chiba Prefecture and Masaaki Nakatani, 58, from Yokohama, they said.