Search continues for lost US skier in Japan
HAKUBA, Japan — Japanese police, helped by American volunteers, scoured an avalanche-prone valley in the Japanese Alps on Wednesday for a Navy civilian who went missing while skiing.
Mathew Healy, a physician assistant working for the Navy on Okinawa, was last seen at noon Monday at the Happo-one ski resort in Nagano prefecture.
Searchers were unable to find him the following day, but his cellphone signal was traced to a valley popular with back-country skiers and snowboarders.
A spokesman for police said a helicopter flew over the area, north of Happo-one, Wednesday morning before an 11-man team and two local rescuers began a ground search.
The searchers, joined by two U.S. volunteers from Yokota Air Base, spent the day probing debris from a large avalanche, which lay beneath a steep ridge that locals said was avalanche-prone and dangerous.
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