An Australian family of four, who had been missing at a ski resort in Nagano since Monday afternoon, were found uninjured on Tuesday morning, local police and searchers said.
The four, a woman, 57, who is a doctor, and her sons -- a civil engineer, 25, a company employee, 23, and a university student, 18 -- were found descending a mountain trail at around 8:40 a.m., approximately 15 hours after they went missing, local media reported. The four had been been skiing near the top of the mountain of a ski slope at the Nozawa hot spring resort before becoming unable to descend, due to reasons that have not yet been made clear.
Local police were first informed of the family's disappearance at around 6 p.m. on Monday by representatives of the ski resort. Search operations were conducted last night and were restarted this morning at 7 a.m.
Kyodo reported that one of the group posted on Facebook that they had dug a hole in the snow to keep themselves warm. The family also informed an acquaintance who was at another spot, and that person alerted the resort, according to police.
When found, the four were shivering and showing symptoms of mild hypothermia, but their condition improved soon after eating and warming up, Japanese media reported.© Japan Today