A group of three climbers were caught in an avalanche on Mt. Daisen in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, on Saturday, leaving two still missing, local police said.

A man in his 70s was rescued by another climber who was in the area. But rescue personnel were unable to find the two other men by nightfall and the search is expected to resume Sunday morning.

File photo shows Mt. Daisen in Tottori Prefecture on Nov. 13, 2023. (Kyodo)

The three are believed to have been practicing rope-work skills when the avalanche struck the 1,729-meter mountain. Weather authorities had issued an avalanche warning in the area.


Separately, 10 people were caught in an avalanche in Japan's Northern Alps in central Japan the same day, with two of them rescued by a helicopter and the remaining eight safely descending the mountain on their own.

The snowslip occurred in the morning on the 1,888-meter Mt. Kazafuki in Otari, Nagano Prefecture, affecting two groups that included visitors from Yamanashi and Gifu prefectures, local police said. The purpose of their trip included backcountry skiing.

The two men rescued by police helicopter -- a 53-year-old from Osaka and a 38-year-old from Toyama Prefecture -- had no injuries.