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Hiker falls off Mt Fuji while live-streaming

On the morning of Oct 28, a young Japanese man began a live streamon Japanese video-sharing site Niconico. TitledGoing to Mt. Fuji!the video chronicled his climb up Japans most famous natural landmark.
In the video posted to Twitter by@ponapona979,in the late afternoon, the man, a student on a gap year after failing to get into a law program, was nearing the peak, with only a handful of steps left to go. At the 10-second mark in the clip, however, he saysThis part is dangerous,as the snowy path becomes slippery. Cant be helped, though, he continues, and immediately after, disaster strikes.
"Slipping,the man tensely says as he loses his footing and begins sliding down the side of the mountain. He then apparently hits a bump and begins rolling, with the camera flipping over multiple times until the audio cuts out and the video stops on a frozen frame, with the camera seemingly damaged enough that it can no longer record or broadcast.
A Niconico user who was watching the live stream contacted the authorities, and a fire department search-and-rescue helicopter was dispatched from Yamanashi (one of the prefectures which borders Mt Fuji at its base). However, the helicopter was unable to find the fallen hiker, and a 10-person on-foot mountain rescue team made up of Shizuoka Prefectural Police members, which set out on the morning of the 29th, is alsoyet to find any trace of the man.
Yet another troubling point is that during the live stream the man could be heard sayingMy fingers are cold,which could be a sign that he wasnt wearing adequately warm clothing for the daytime hike, let alone spending a night out in the elements. A constant snow pack has been observed at the top of Mt Fuji since October 16, andthe mountain is officially closed to climbers at the present time, and has been since the end of the designated climbing season at the end of summer.
Hopefully the man can be rescued. In the meantime the accident serves as an important reminder that despite how serene and gently sloped Mt Fuji can appear from afar, it is still Japans highest mountain. The elevation at the peak is 3,776 meters, far above where anything close to stable conditions can be expected. Attempting to climb it alone, poorly equipped, or out of season are all bad enough ideas on their own, and definitely not the sort of risks worth staking on top of each other.
Sources:Twitter/@ponapona979viaHachima Kiko,Twitter/@kazuenshou29viaJin,Livedoor News/Kyodo,The Sankei News
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