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GIFU (Kyodo) Seven climbers were caught in a blizzard on 1,996-meter Mount Terachi in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, but a rescue attempt had to wait until Monday morning at the earliest, police said.

The party of five men and two women were reportedly unable to move Sunday due to heavy snow and called for help by cell phone. They are believed to be near the summit of the peak, which is part of the Northern Japan Alps, the police said.

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