Body Found on Mount Fuji Likely Climber Who Slipped and Fell During Livestream

Remains believed to be from a Japanese man who slipped and fell while live-streaming on Mount Fuji in Tokyo, Japan have been found.

The live-streamer, whose name was not revealed, was streaming his climb to the summit of Mount Fuji on the Japanese website Niconico when he slipped and fell just a few meters below the summit, according to South China Morning Post.

He was missing since Monday.

 

In the clip, the man can be heard telling his viewers “this part is dangerous,” adding, “but it can’t be helped.”

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Seconds later, the man’s camera angle shifts and he said, “I’m slipping.”

After seeing the video, one of his viewers immediately contacted the emergency service. Officers from Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures, where Mount Fuji sits, were called in about the man who slipped and fell at around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, NHK reported.

A 10-person team was dispatched on Tuesday to search for the man, but they were unsuccessful in their effort.

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On Oct. 30, police discovered a body in the snow near Mount Fuji’s seventh station at approximately 3,000 meters (9,842 feet).

SoraNews24 reported that the body had fallen 776 meters (2,545 feet) from the mountain’s summit.

Although the body was badly damaged and authorities were unable to identify the remains, they strongly suspect that the body belongs to the livestreamer who fell.

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During the investigation, authorities discovered the man had been climbing Mount Fuji and his most recent climb was on Sept. 7, a few days before officials closed the mountain to hikers on Sept. 10 due to snowfall.

They also learned from the man’s Twitter account that he had departed Tokyo by bus at around 8 a.m. on Oct. 28 to one of the mountain’s fifth stations.

Mount Fuji, located southwest of Tokyo, is an active volcano and Japan’s tallest peak at 3,776 meters (12,388 feet).

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