Search resumes for missing Japanese man near Mount St. Helens

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office will resume the search for a Japanese man who went missing near Mount St. Helens last November. The two-day search for Yosuke Onishi starts this morning at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

On Nov. 27, 2013, Onishi, then 26, left the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar and reportedly got a ride from a couple to the Climbers Bivouac at the base of the mountain. He was reported missing when he didn’t return to the resort.

After searching the area, search and rescue teams could not find him, and investigators with the Skamania and Cowlitz County sheriff’s offices could not get in contact with the couple who gave him a ride from the Lakeside County Store across the street from the resort.

About 80 to 100 searchers, along with search dogs and technical rescue teams, will work together this weekend to try and find Onishi.

Onishi traveled to the U.S. from Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. It was his first trip to Mount St. Helens, but not his first time mountaineering. His family came to Cougar after he went missing and posted fliers.


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