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

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