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Pair die after slipping from Mount Fuji trail

Kyodo

Two people were found dead on Sunday and Monday near the top of 3,776-meter Mount Fuji after falling from a trail, police said.

According to the Shizuoka Prefectural Police, Ibuki Suemoto, an 18-year-old university student from Hiroshima Prefecture, called the police from his cellphone at around 10 a.m. Sunday, saying he had fallen from a trail and had suffered broken bones.

The police launched a search and found him dead hours later, they said.

Suemoto was among a group of six people from Hiroshima who had set out at 6 a.m. from the Yamanashi Prefecture side of the mountain.

Another member of the group, Katsutoshi Watanabe, 65, also slipped from the trail and disappeared shortly before Suemoto fell.

Continuing the search for Watanabe, authorities found his body Monday.

The other four members of the group returned by themselves. They told the police the trail was frozen and slippery near the summit.