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77-year-old woman, son found after being lost on mountain for 10 days


A 77-year-old woman and her 57-year-old son who went missing on a mountain in Akita Prefecture 10 days ago, have been found alive and well, police said Wednesday.

According to police, Kisa Tsushima and her son Seiki, from Odate, Akita Prefecture, went picking bamboo shoots in a forest on Mt Tashiro that borders Akita and Aomori prefectures on June 15, Sankei Shimbun reported.

When they failed to return, a search was launched but no trace of the two were found. Police called off the search on June 20. On Wednesday morning, at around 8 a.m., Kisa was found near a path by a man picking plants on the Aomori side of the mountain near the town of Owani. It was six kilometers away from where she and her son had gone up the mountain.

Police said Tsushima told them she and her son stuck together by drinking water from a stream and eating vegetables, Sankei reported. However, she said that on June 23, her son became too weak to move and she had to leave him to try and find help.

After Kisa was found, police launched another search for Seiki and he was spotted by a helicopter at around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Both Kisa and Seiki are weak but their condition is stable, police said.

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This woman is a rock star... 77 years old... 10 days on a mountain and it is her younger son who becomes too weak too move.

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This lady makes Bear Grylls look like a small baby.

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Great to hear they are ok, especially since the search was called off (too early IMHO) and I was also surprised that the mother at her age was active when the son wasn't, but I can imagine a good son would think more of his mom's health at her age and offer more of the food to mom :)

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Is it baboo root season there? Takenoko. Glad both are going to be OK. Maybe rhey will restrain to go mountain next year.

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@Educator60: Another one of your comment I am learning. I am from city. (in Southern Japan) In USA, I buy bambee shoots in cans. Can't get fresh ones.

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Mother of the year!

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Maybe eldery people know how to survive than young people nowaday..

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Meiji mother

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@Andrea: Showa Mother. about Showa 12th.

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