Avalanche in Japan crushes two men: Snowboard champion reportedly killed

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Two men were found dead who were carried away by avalanche in Japan. The accident occurred in Nagano Prefecture, in the central part of the country.

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Japanese authorities have not yet identified the two men, but the American ski magazine Mountain Gazette reported that 31-year-old snowboard champion Kyle Schman died in an avalanche in Nagano yesterday, Sunday.

Two men traveling with him posted messages on Instagram saying he died in an avalanche.

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The newspaper stated that she was with another professional skierAdam Yu, and the publication’s chief photojournalist Grant Guderson.

“On Sunday my worst nightmare came true,” he writes in today’s post on Instagram.

He recounts that an avalanche was caused by another skier and that it “threw Kyle Smein 50 meters away, who was “crushed and killed”.

Japanese police official Tomohiro Kusubiki said two men were found in a state of “cardiorespiratory arrest,” a term used in Japan when a person’s death has not yet been determined by a medical examiner.

The two men were off-piste on Sunday near Otari station with 11 other skiers and snowboarders when the avalanche formed.

Three other people, as reported by the Athens News Agency citing Japanese media, were swept away by the avalanche, but managed to free themselves. However, two foreign nationals were still missing last night.

Kusibiki noted that he could not confirm the identity of the two men found dead today, nor their nationality.

Last week a cold wave accompanied by heavy snowfall hit Japan, especially Nagano, located in the heart of Japan’s mountain ranges, a popular place for foreign tourists who like winter sports.

An avalanche warning is in effect for the area.

Source: News Beast

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