Search continues for lost US skier in Japan

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A Japanese search-and-rescue team probes avalanche debris while looking for missing U.S. skier Mathew Healy on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Happo-one ski resort in Nagano prefecture, Japan. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
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A Japanese search-and-rescue team probes avalanche debris while looking for missing U.S. skier Mathew Healy on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, near Happo-one ski resort in Nagano prefecture, Japan. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Search continues for lost US skier in Japan

by: Seth Robson and Hana Kusumoto | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: February 23, 2017

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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