Woman dies in avalanche near ski resort in Japan's Hokkaido

The woman was critically injured in an avalanche at Mount Yotei, one of Hokkaido’s most famous mountains. PHOTO: PIXABAY

TOKYO - A woman whose nationality was not disclosed died after getting caught in an avalanche on Friday afternoon at Mount Yotei, near a popular ski resort on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, local media reported.

The woman who was in her 30s was said to have been among some 10 foreigners - believed to be Europeans - who were climbing the mountain for backcountry skiing, said the Hokkaido Broadcasting System.

She was in a state of cardiac arrest after being rescued by Hokkaido Prefectural Police helicopter.

Mount Yotei is one of Hokkaido’s most famous mountains and is a popular outdoor activity spot.

Hokkaido is baking in record high temperatures for January this winter, reaching 8 deg C on Friday, which is the norm for spring time in April. REUTERS, THE JAPAN NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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