Body Found After Vlogger Live-Streams Fall On Mount Fuji
Rescuers have found a body after a Japanese vlogger called TEDZU live-streamed the moment he fell while climbing Mount Fuji, which is currently closed to tourists.
TEDZU had shared footage on video-sharing platform Niconico, with the upload entitled 'Let's Go to Snowy Mt Fuji'.
In the clip, he tells viewers that the ground is slippery. He also says his hands feel numb from the cold, and admits he wishes he had brought heat packs with him for the trip.
Looking up and around at the snowy scenery surrounding him, you can see the clouds below him.
TEDZU then says he is going to slide down a 30-degree slope feet first, before the footage turns much shakier - his climbing poles coming into shot as if they've been thrown into the air.
Suddenly, the video stops.
According to Gotenba Police Station in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, police in Shizuoka and Yamanashi - the areas straddling Fuji - received calls from viewers to say that a man had fallen in the area at around 3.35pm on Monday.
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Rescuers told broadcaster NHK that a team of 10 workers had been sent out to search the area on Tuesday morning.
Police had sent a helicopter to the location seen in the video, and discovered a body around the seventh station on the Subashiri trail, which sits at an altitude of around 2,700 metres.
They also confirmed traces that appear to have been made by someone slipping down at 3,776 metres to the seventh station.
However, officials have not confirmed the identity of the body - and whether or not it belongs to the person streaming the video.
According to NHK, TEDZU's Twitter account also featured photos of a bus ticket from Tokyo to Mount Fuji and someone travelling on a bus, taken on Monday morning.
The video of TEDZU's apparent fall has since been removed from Niconico.
Mount Fuji has been closed since September, with police warning people it is especially dangerous when it is covered with snow.
According to the local meteorological office in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, the volcano saw its first snowcap on 22 October.
On Tuesday night, temperatures were also well below freezing near the top of the 3,776-metre mountain.
Police have continued to advise people not to climb the mountain while it remains closed, as conditions grow increasingly worse.
Featured Image Credit: Niconico
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