Indonesia: Search party finds Russian hiker alive on volcano

Climber lost his way,texted girlfriend to be rescued,and was found after 6 days.

Written by Associated Press | Yogyakarta (indonesia) | Published:August 15, 2013 6:39 pm

Searchers in Indonesia rescued a Russian hiker missing for six days after climbing up the country’s most volatile volcano.

Ehbrehnin Yeveny,26,went missing Saturday while climbing on the southern side of Mount Merapi,a popular site for visitors on the main island of Java.

He sent a text message to his Indonesian girlfriend saying he had lost his way and asking to be rescued.

A spokesman for the local search and rescue agency,Teguh Supriyadi,said Yeveny was found safe Thursday in weak condition with some bruises.

His position,about 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) altitude,had been located in the morning,but rescuers needed four hours to reach him due a deep ravine separating them.

The 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) mountain is the most active among Indonesia’s volcanoes.

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