Mount Fuji deaths reported.
Mount Fuji deaths reported.

A tragic discovery was made this week on Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji where three bodies were found, bringing the the total number of deaths reported among climbers summiting the volcano to four ahead of the start of climbing season. The Japan Times reports one of the bodies has been recovered but heavy rainfall in the forecast delayed the retrieval of the other two.

Rescue crews found the bodies while searching for 53-year-old man who was reported missing on Sunday, June 23rd. The deceased climbers are believed to have ascended separately. Authorities are now working to identify the victims and determine how they died.

The fourth person to die on Mount Fuji has been identified as 38-year-old professional climber and Patagonia ambassador Keita Kurakami died at a local hospital on June 26th after losing consciousness while scaling the volcano.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased.

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