8 mountain climbers still missing
Police and rescue workers continued their search Saturday for eight climbers missing on mountains in Japan.
Four members of a Tokyo mountaineering club, aged between 29 and 45, have been missing since Dec 30 on Mt Tsurugi in the Northern Alps in Toyama. Police said they were supposed to arrive at a cabin last Wednesday during their descent but never showed up.
NHK reported that the area has been hit by blizzards all week, with snow waist deep. Poor visibility and a high risk of avalanches have hampered search operations.
Meanwhile, police continued searching for four other missing climbers on Mt Myojin in the Northern Alps, in the Southern Alps and on Mount Fuji.
The body of another missing climber was found Saturday afternoon on Mount Fuji at an altitude of 2,000 meters, NHK reported.