French national hit by avalanche in Japan confirmed dead: Report

The 38-year-old had been skiing with seven other French nationals when the avalanche struck on Thursday afternoon.

    A ski resort in Shimukappu near Tomamu in Hokkaido, Japan [File: Kyodo via Reuters]
    A ski resort in Shimukappu near Tomamu in Hokkaido, Japan [File: Kyodo via Reuters]

    A French national who was caught in an avalanche while back-country skiing with friends in northern Japan was confirmed dead on Friday, Kyodo news agency reported, citing local police.

    The 38-year-old had been skiing off-piste with seven friends - all French - in an area near the Tomamu resort on Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island, when the avalanche struck mid-afternoon on Thursday, Kyodo said.

    He had been in cardio-pulmonary arrest and was declared dead on Friday.

    SOURCE: Reuters news agency