Hokkaido Search and Rescue Data

An unofficial English-translated database of Hokkaido mountain search and rescue events (Jan 2015 till present). All data raw data extracted from the Hokkaido Police annual search and rescue reports (available here).

北海道警察山岳遭難発生状況の非公式的な英訳データベース(2015年1月~現在、北星学園大学文学部英文学科のトムソン専任講師(デジタルメディア社会論研究室)による英訳)。

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NOTE: English translations of the raw Japanese data are unofficial. Any suggestions for improvement or reports of errors should be made to Rob Thomson – rob@hokkaidowilds.org. Also, English translations of the original Japanese incident descriptions up to November 2018 are mostly translated using Google Translation. Human post-editing is intended as time allows.

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No injury
Lost

SAR No. 2019-38-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
60's
Winter season
Backcountry
Solo
Kamii-yama (神居山, 799m)
Incident date: 2019/02/12
Event description (Google Translate) | Distressed people from Kamuisuki Links, climbed up at 6pm with mountain skiers in the hills, and the direction of the lower mountain was unclear, and families who worried that the distressed people would not go down request to the ski resort for rescue request (※ ski area staffed the distressed people Discovery, rescue)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Ski patrol
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者はカムイスキーリンクスから入山、午後6時頃山スキーで登坂中、下山方向が分からなくなり、遭難者が下山しないことを心配した家族がスキー場に救助要請(※スキー場職員が遭難者を発見、救助)
No injury
Other (Improper equipment)

SAR No. 2019-35-1

Japan Resident (Osaka)
Male
40's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Chitokaniushi-san (チトカニウシ山, 1445m)
Incident date: 2019/02/07
Event description (Google Translate) | The victim tried to ski at around 7:30 am from Kitami Pass and around 5 pm on Chitokaniushi Mountain at around 3 pm and tried to climb the slope again but the sticky side of the ski seal freezes and becomes unusable. Unable to climb the slope, the companion requests rescue from the police (※ road patrol mountain rescue team rescues the victim)
Residence of individual: Osaka
Dispatch: Police Mountain SAR
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前7時30頃北見峠から入山、午後3時頃チトカニウシ山の 5合目付近をスキー滑走し、斜面を登り返そうとしたがスキーシールの粘着面が凍結して使用不能となり、斜面を登ることができず、同行者が警察に救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊が遭難者を救助)
Injury
Other (Tree strike)

SAR No. 2019-30-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Female
40's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Raiden-yama (雷電山, 1211m)
Incident date: 2019/02/06
Event description (Google Translate) | A person who has suffered a crash enters a forest road along the Sawa River at about 9 am from the forest along a slope on the south side of Raidensan (around 600 meters) at about 2 pm, collides with a standing tree, and injured his left arm Firefighting request for rescue (※ firefighting rescue team rescues distressed person)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Local Fire Dept
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前9時頃堤の沢川沿いの林道から入山、午後2時頃雷電山南側の斜面(標高600メートル付近)をスノーボードで滑走中、立木に衝突して左腕等を負傷、同行者が消防に救助要請(※消防救助隊が遭難者を救助)
Injury
Trip

SAR No. 2019-29-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
50's
Winter season
Backcountry
Solo
Moan-san (モアン山, 356m)
Incident date: 2019/02/03
Event description (Google Translate) | Distressed at 10:30 am on a mountain ski, skid in the vicinity of the summit at about noon, was caught in the snow, fell over and injured the hip joint, requested the fire department for a rescue request (※ fire rescue team was a victim Rescue)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Local Fire Dept
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前10時30分頃山スキーで入山、正午頃に山頂付近をスキーで滑走中、雪に足をとられて転倒し股関節を負傷、消防に救助要請(※消防救助隊が遭難者を救助)
Injury
Other (Tree strike)

SAR No. 2019-28-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
20's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Ryokomi-yama (両古美山, 806m)
Incident date: 2019/02/03
Event description (Google Translate) | The distressed person climbed around Tomorrow at 7:00 am from Mt. Tomar, and skied on the slopes of Mt. Biomi at around 1:00 pm, colliding with the standing tree and colliding with the right foot, companion requested 110th for rescue Heli rescues distressed person)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Disaster SAR Helicopter
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前7時頃山スキーでトーマル峠から入山、午後1時頃両古美山の斜面をスキーで滑走中、立木に衝突して右足を負傷、同行者が110番で救助要請(※防災ヘリが遭難者を救助)
No injury
Lost

SAR No. 2019-22-3

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
20's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Kumami-yama (熊見山, 1175m)
Incident date: 2019/01/27
Event description (Google Translate) | Disrupted at 9:00 am during the ski trip from Nikkan to Hiyama and at around 12 pm from the summit of Mt.
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Police Helicopter
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前9時頃日勝峠から入山、午後0時頃熊見山山頂からスキーで滑走中、下山方向が分からなくなり、110番で救助要請(※道警ヘリが遭難者を発見、救助)
No injury
Lost

SAR No. 2019-22-2

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
60's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Kumami-yama (熊見山, 1175m)
Incident date: 2019/01/27
Event description (Google Translate) | Disrupted at 9:00 am during the ski trip from Nikkan to Hiyama and at around 12 pm from the summit of Mt.
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Police Helicopter
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前9時頃日勝峠から入山、午後0時頃熊見山山頂からスキーで滑走中、下山方向が分からなくなり、110番で救助要請(※道警ヘリが遭難者を発見、救助)
No injury
Lost

SAR No. 2019-22-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
30's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Kumami-yama (熊見山, 1175m)
Incident date: 2019/01/27
Event description (Google Translate) | Disrupted at 9:00 am during the ski trip from Nikkan to Hiyama and at around 12 pm from the summit of Mt.
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Police Helicopter
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前9時頃日勝峠から入山、午後0時頃熊見山山頂からスキーで滑走中、下山方向が分からなくなり、110番で救助要請(※道警ヘリが遭難者を発見、救助)
Injury
Trip

SAR No. 2019-3-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
20's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Zentokachi (前十勝, 1790m)
Incident date: 2019/01/04
Event description (Google Translate) | Distressed at 10:00 am from Shiraginso, snowboarding around 7:30 at 0:30 pm, fell over and injured the left foot, asking the fire department for a rescue request (※ road patrol mountain rescue and fire rescue Rescue the distressed person)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Local Fire Dept
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前10時頃白銀荘から入山、午後0時30分頃7合目付近をスノーボードで滑走中、転倒して左足を負傷、消防に救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊と消防救助隊が遭難者を救助)
No injury
Lost

SAR No. 2019-1-2

Japan Resident (Tokyo)
Male
40's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Sandan-yama (三段山, 1748m)
Incident date: 2019/01/02
Event description (Google Translate) | Distress arrived at Shiraganso from 9:00 am, arrived at the summit around 0:00 pm, and was unable to know the direction of the lower mountain by snowboarding at around 2:30 pm and requested the rescue at No. 110 (※ Michiko mountain rescue team and firefighting Rescue team find distressed person and rescue)
Residence of individual: Tokyo
Dispatch: Local Fire Dept
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前9時頃白銀荘から入山、午後0時頃山頂に到着、午後2時30分頃スノーボードで下山中、下山方向が分からなくなり、110番で救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊と消防救助隊が遭難者を発見、救助)
No injury
Lost

SAR No. 2019-1-1

Japan Resident (Tokyo)
Female
30's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Sandan-yama (三段山, 1748m)
Incident date: 2019/01/02
Event description (Google Translate) | Distress arrived at Shiraganso from 9:00 am, arrived at the summit around 0:00 pm, and was unable to know the direction of the lower mountain by snowboarding at around 2:30 pm and requested the rescue at No. 110 (※ Michiko mountain rescue team and firefighting Rescue team find distressed person and rescue)
Residence of individual: Tokyo
Dispatch: Local Fire Dept
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2019) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前9時頃白銀荘から入山、午後0時頃山頂に到着、午後2時30分頃スノーボードで下山中、下山方向が分からなくなり、110番で救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊と消防救助隊が遭難者を発見、救助)
No injury
Lost

SAR No. 2018-116-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
20's
Winter season
Backcountry
Solo
Tokushumbetsu-yama (徳舜瞥山, 1309m)
Incident date: 2018/12/30
Event description (Google Translate) | The victim entered the mountain along the Shiomi Bridge from Otaki Bridge in Date City, Otaki Ward, around 11:45 am, arrived at the summit around 3:30 pm, after losing sight of the Shimoyama direction in mountain skiing and losing the direction of Shimoyama, An acquaintance who worried about not doing a firefighter rescue request (* firefighter rescue team rescued a victim)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Local Fire Dept
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2018) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者は午前11時45分頃伊達市大滝区の紫明橋から紫明川沿いに入山、午後3時30分頃山頂に到着後、山スキーで下山中、下山方向を見失い、遭難者が下山しないことを心配した知人が消防に救助要請(※消防救助隊が遭難者を救助)
Injury
Bad weather

SAR No. 2018-113-4

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
Up to 20
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Oputateshike-yama (オプタテシケ山, 2013m)
Incident date: 2018/12/25
Event description (Google Translate) | Four victims arrived at Mountain Ski from Biei-cho Shirogane Onsen side on December 23 at 7 am, arrived at the summit around 1 pm the following 24th, we started downtown but the weather deteriorated (Blowing snow, poor visibility) bivouac at an altitude of 1,300 meters, during descent on mountain skiing on 25 December, one person became inoperable with hypothermia, members Rescue request at No. 110 (* Rescue Mountain Rescue Team rescuing 7 victims)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Police Mountain SAR
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2018) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者4人は12月23日午前7時頃美瑛町白金温泉側から山スキーで入山、翌24日午後1時頃山頂に到着、下山を開始したが天候悪化 (吹雪、視界不良)により標高1,300メートル付近でビバーク、12月25日山スキーで下山中、1人が低体温症で行動不能となり、メンバーが 110番で救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊が遭難者7人を救助)
Injury
Bad weather

SAR No. 2018-113-3

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
20's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Oputateshike-yama (オプタテシケ山, 2013m)
Incident date: 2018/12/25
Event description (Google Translate) | Four victims arrived at Mountain Ski from Biei-cho Shirogane Onsen side on December 23 at 7 am, arrived at the summit around 1 pm the following 24th, we started downtown but the weather deteriorated (Blowing snow, poor visibility) bivouac at an altitude of 1,300 meters, during descent on mountain skiing on 25 December, one person became inoperable with hypothermia, members Rescue request at No. 110 (※ rescue team of Namida mountain rescue team rescued 6 victims)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Police Mountain SAR
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2018) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者4人は12月23日午前7時頃美瑛町白金温泉側から山スキーで入山、翌24日午後1時頃山頂に到着、下山を開始したが天候悪化 (吹雪、視界不良)により標高1,300メートル付近でビバーク、12月25日山スキーで下山中、1人が低体温症で行動不能となり、メンバーが 110番で救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊が遭難者6人を救助)
Injury
Bad weather

SAR No. 2018-113-2

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
20's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Oputateshike-yama (オプタテシケ山, 2013m)
Incident date: 2018/12/25
Event description (Google Translate) | Four victims arrived at Mountain Ski from Biei-cho Shirogane Onsen side on December 23 at 7 am, arrived at the summit around 1 pm the following 24th, we started downtown but the weather deteriorated (Blowing snow, poor visibility) bivouac at an altitude of 1,300 meters, during descent on mountain skiing on 25 December, one person became inoperable with hypothermia, members Rescue request at No. 110 (* Rescue Massacre rescue team rescuing five victims)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Police Mountain SAR
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2018) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者4人は12月23日午前7時頃美瑛町白金温泉側から山スキーで入山、翌24日午後1時頃山頂に到着、下山を開始したが天候悪化 (吹雪、視界不良)により標高1,300メートル付近でビバーク、12月25日山スキーで下山中、1人が低体温症で行動不能となり、メンバーが 110番で救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊が遭難者5人を救助)
Injury
Bad weather

SAR No. 2018-113-1

Hokkaido Local Resident
Male
20's
Winter season
Backcountry
Group
Oputateshike-yama (オプタテシケ山, 2013m)
Incident date: 2018/12/25
Event description (Google Translate) | Four victims arrived at Mountain Ski from Biei-cho Shirogane Onsen side on December 23 at 7 am, arrived at the summit around 1 pm the following 24th, we started downtown but the weather deteriorated (Blowing snow, poor visibility) bivouac at an altitude of 1,300 meters, during descent on mountain skiing on 25 December, one person became inoperable with hypothermia, members Rescue request at No. 110 (* Road warrior mountain rescue team rescuing four victims)
Residence of individual: Hokkaido
Dispatch: Police Mountain SAR
Translated from Mountain SAR Events (2018) by Hokkaido Police
Original Japanese | 遭難者4人は12月23日午前7時頃美瑛町白金温泉側から山スキーで入山、翌24日午後1時頃山頂に到着、下山を開始したが天候悪化 (吹雪、視界不良)により標高1,300メートル付近でビバーク、12月25日山スキーで下山中、1人が低体温症で行動不能となり、メンバーが 110番で救助要請(※道警山岳救助隊が遭難者4人を救助)