TOYAMA – A 74-year-old man was rescued in the Northern Alps in central Japan on Sunday, a week after he suffered a fall and went missing contact, police said.
Kiyoyuki Tsutsui of Hiroshima said he ate pieces of chocolate and drank water from mountain runoff while keeping himself warm with his rain gear, according to the police. He was found in a weakened state but his condition was not considered life-threatening.
Tsutsui slipped on a trail at an elevation of about 1,000 meters in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture, at around 4 p.m. Aug. 13 and then fell about 10 meters down a slope.
He entered the mountain range from Niigata Prefecture on Aug. 10, planning to descend four days later.
A relative reported him missing to the police on Friday before they began searching for him on Sunday morning.