Japan: Dead two skiers swept away by an avalanche


Japanese authorities have not yet identified the two men

Two men who swept away by an avalanche in Japan were found dead, the police announced today, the day after the accident that occurred on Nagano Prefecture, in the central part of the country.

The Japanese authorities they have not yet identified the two menbut the American ski magazine Mountain Gazette wrote that 31-year-old snowboarding champion Kyle Schman died in an avalanche in Nagano yesterday, Sunday.

Two men traveling with him posted messages on Instagram saying he died in an avalanche.

The paper said he was with another professional skier, Adam Yu, and the publication’s chief photojournalist Grant Guderson.

On Sunday “my worst nightmare” came true, he writes in today’s Instagram post.

He recounts that an avalanche was triggered by another skier and that it “threw Kyle Smane 50 meters away”, who was “crushed and killed”.

Japanese police official Tomohiro Kusubiki said two men were found in a state of “cardiorespiratory arrest,” a term used in Japan when a person’s death has not yet been determined by a medical examiner.

The two men were off-piste on Sunday near Otari station with 11 other skiers and snowboarders when the avalanche formed.

Three other people were carried away by her, but they managed to break free. However, two foreign nationals were still missing last night.

Kusibiki noted that he could not confirm the identity of the two men found dead today, nor their nationality.

Last week a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfall hit Japan, especially Nagano, located in the heart of Japan’s mountain ranges, a popular place for foreign tourists who like winter sports.

An avalanche warning is in effect for the area.

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