Japanese mountaineers die in Himalayas: team


AFP

TOKYO — Three Japanese mountaineers including a well-known TV cameraman were found dead in an apparent avalanche in the Himalayas, the expedition’s leader said Thursday. The climbers had hoped to be the first to reach the main peak and two lower peaks of 7,538-meter (24,731-foot) Kula Kangri. Bhutanese regard the mountain as the kingdom’s tallest peak, although others say it lies in Tibet.

The victims included cameraman Susumu Nakamura, 62, who was Japan’s first alpinist to reach the North and South Poles and Mount Everest. He was famous in Japan for broadcasting live from the top of Everest in 1988. The other dead were Yoshinobu Kato, 32, and Satoshi Arimura, 27.