TOKYO — Rescuers in Japan were searching for two foreign men on Monday (Jan 30) after they were caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in central Japan’s Nagano Prefecture a day earlier, local police said.
Three other foreign skiers hit by the snow slide, which occurred at around 2.30 pm (0530 GMT) on the eastern slope of Mount Hakuba Norikura, had been able to climb down the mountain on their own, a police spokesperson said.
The local police had resumed their search shortly after 7am on Monday for the two missing skiers, whose nationalities were still unknown, the spokesperson told Reuters. They were part of two separate groups skiing on the 2.4km mountain.
The region had experienced heavy snowfall in the previous few days, and the Japan Metrological Agency had issued an avalanche warning at the time the avalanche occurred.
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