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Wednesday, 31st July 2013
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South Korean climbers perish at Japan Central Alps

It is believed that four South Korean climbers found dead after a trip to the Japan Central Alps may have succumbed to hypothermia.

Although the climbers are yet to be formally identified, police in Nagano Prefecture believe the fatalities were part of a group of 20 who entered the mountains on Sunday (July 28th).

The mountaineers ranged in age from 40 to 70, authorities believe, and they began their climb from Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture.

They were last heard from when they called for help from Mount Hinokio on Monday (July 29th) after strong winds and rain were reported in the vicinity.

Three of the climbers were discovered by rescuers and police on Tuesday and were in a critical condition, although they later perished. A fourth climber was found on Wednesday (July 31st) at a creek near the 2,728-metre (8,950-foot) Mount Hinokio.

The Japan Alps lie some 130 miles west of Tokyo and consist of three volcanic ridges. 

Written by  Mark Smith