The Tokyo Reporter

Nagano mountain guide dies from fall

A guide died after he sustained serious injuries in a fall in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture
NAGANO (TR) – A mountain guide died on Monday from injuries he sustained in a 50-meter fall.

Mountain guide Kenjiro Yokoyama, 71, of Matsumoto City was heading to Mount Hotakadake from Mount Nishihotakadake at an altitude of some 2,900 meters when he accidentally fell about 50 meters and sustained serious injuries on Sunday at around 8 a.m., Nippon News Network reports (July 18).

Yokoyama was rushed to a hospital in Matsumoto City by prefectural helicopter on Monday morning, but his death was confirmed by 7 a.m.

A prefectural helicopter was dispatched in response to an emergency call that Yokoyama made on Sunday, but poor weather conditions hampered rescue attempts.

The Shinano Mainichi Shimbun reported that Yokoyama had succumbed to his injuries by the time rescuers reached his position.

Yokoyama was mountain trekking as part of a six-member group since Saturday on a two-night, three-day itinerary.

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