Monday, August 12, 2013

Two German Tourists Missing on Mount Merapi

Search and rescue crews were dispatched to Central Java’s Mount Merapi in search of two German tourists who failed to return from a Sunday morning climb, an agency official said on Monday.

An unidentified man and woman “climbed Mount Merapi from a southern route on Sunday morning and have not yet returned,” Yogyakarta Search and Rescue Agency spokesman Teguh Supriadi told the state-run Antara News Agency on Monday.

The climbers’ began at Kinahrejon, in Cangkringan, Sleman, leaving their motorbike near Ngrangkah, before heading up the volcano, Teguh said.

The nine-person search and rescue team split into four groups to search along the route.
“This morning, they could still contact the tourists, and their position seemed to be in a dry river bed,” Teguh said. “[They] were weak from fatigue.”

He did not specify who the tourists had contacted, but he said they were likely near a small plateau not far from the peak.
“In their last [phone call] they said they had gone past two split gates, and this means they have passed Bangsal Srimanganti,” he said, referring to the highest outpost on the mountain. (Jakarta Globe)

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