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Russian hiker missing on Indonesia volcano

14 August 2013, 10:59

Yogyakarta - Rescuers are searching for a Russian hiker who went missing while climbing Indonesia's most volatile volcano on the main island of Java.

Local search and rescue agency spokesperson Teguh Supriyadi says Ehbrehnin Yeveny was reportedly climbing Mount Merapi on Saturday when the 26-year-old sent a text message to his girlfriend asking for rescuers to come find him after he lost his way.

Supriyadi says 48 rescuers were mobilised on Tuesday to search for Yeveny, whose last message early on Monday said he was in a river and walking toward lights he believed were coming from a town. His footprints were discovered on Monday.

The 2 968m mountain is the most active among Indonesia's volcanoes and is a popular hiking spot for tourists. Its last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people.

- AP


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