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87-year-old man dies in fall from mountain in Yamanashi

An 87-year-old man died after apparently falling from a climbing trail on Mt Kayagatake near Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, on Tuesday.
A Yamanashi Prefectural disaster prevention helicopter spotted a man lying on the ground 300 meters west from the summit of Mt Kayagatake (1,704 meters in altitude) at around noon, Fuji TV reported. He was in a state of cardiopulmonary arrest and airlifted to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police later identified the man as Toshio Ishii, a resident of Nirasaki in Yamanashi Prefecture. 
The site where Ishii was found is approximately 10 meters below a designated climbing trail, leading police to suspect he likely slipped and fell. 
Ishii left his home by car on Monday afternoon. When he failed to return home that evening, his family contacted police to file a missing persons report. Early Tuesday morning, Ishii’s car was discovered parked near the entrance to a mountain climbing trail, prompting firefighters and police officers to begin searching the surrounding areas. 
Ishii was reportedly a seasoned mountain climber with 50 years of experience.


© Japan Today
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