Four Japanese presumed dead after U.S. avalanche
One climber from the group escaped from a crevasse and made it back to base camp.
Sun, Jun 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
TOKYO — Four Japanese climbers in their 50s and 60s are missing and presumed dead after they were hit by an avalanche on Mount McKinley in the United States, according to a tour organizer.
Five climbers on an expedition to scale the mountain were caught up in the avalanche on June 14, an official at Miyagi Workers Alpine Federation, the organizer of the tour, told AFP.
One escaped from a crevasse and made it back to base camp.
Mount McKinley in Alaska state is North America's tallest peak, standing at 6,194 metres (20,320 feet).
Officials at Denali National Park were searching for the missing climbers, but suspended the search after finding torn climbing rope at the bottom of the crevasse on June 17.
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