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Wind Fatality on Fuji

November 24 2003 at 4:56 PM
roger  (Login dipper)

Response to November 2003 Accidents/Rescues


FUJIYOSHIDA, Yamanashi -- A climber died and four others were injured after they fell down Mount Fuji when strong winds buffeted the peak on Sunday, police said.

Local police officials said 63-year-old climbers Masuko Kadowaki and Toshiyuki Naoe were on their way down the mountain near the eighth level at about 10:05 a.m. on Sunday when they slipped and fell about 200 meters.

Kadowaki was rescued by Fujiyoshida Police Department officers and taken to a mountain hut suffering from a broken leg.

Naoe, however, fell further down the mountain, preventing rescue workers from reaching him on Sunday. His body was later found on the mountain on Monday.

Three men from another party also fell and suffered injuries near the eighth level of the mountain between about 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All of them were rescued and were being treated.

Local meteorological officials said the weather was clear on the day, but strong gusts of about 10 meters per second were blowing, and ice had made the mountain slippery. (Compiled from Mainichi and wire reports, Japan, Nov. 24, 2003)

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