Found: Russian climber who ventured into Agung’s exclusion zone

View of Mt. Agung from Sidemen. Photo: Flickr/Paul Arps
View of Mt. Agung from Sidemen. Photo: Flickr/Paul Arps

A Russian hiker who was reported missing yesterday after attempting to hike up Mount Agung has today been found. The man, identified only as “Aleksandr,” took on the ascent with a group of three friends yesterday morning, apparently unaware of authorities’ warnings against doing so.

According to a report in Kumpuran, Aleksandr obtained some kind of leg injury during the trek and decided to rest on the mountainside while the others continued to the summit. But when the group returned to the spot where their friend had stopped, there was apparently no sign of him.

As soon as they got down, the rest of the climbing party—a Frenchman and two Ukrainians—reported the incident at the police station in nearby Rendang after which search and rescue (SAR) teams were quickly alerted.

Seven SAR personnel were reportedly deployed to try and find the missing foreign national yesterday. However, it wasn’t until today that the missing climber was located, as reported by detiknews.

At this point, the particulars of the rescue, including whether Aleksandr was injured when he was discovered, are unclear, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated when we hear news.

Bali’s highest peak and most active volcano, Mount Agung currently has an alert status of Level III, or “standby” status. As such, visitors, climbers and residents are warned against entering the hazard zone, which stretches a four kilometer radius around the peak crater.

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