Marines rescue woman with altitude sickness on Mt. Fuji
Climbing Mount Fuji is a popular activity among foreigners visiting Japan. However, at the summit the air is pretty thin and problems like altitude sickness can happen.
Five US Marines stationed at Camp Kinser, in Okinawa, were also seduced by the mountain's charm. They decided to use the Independence Day holiday to climb it on July 3.
The Marines reached the peak and took amazing photos of the dawn sky, then started their walk back down the mountain.
Captain Thiele was leading the group when he noticed someone calling for help. His name was Yoshihiro Oda. He was shivering from fever caused by altitude sickness, and his daughter Moe had already collapsed under the lack of oxygen. Yoshihiro borrowed a mobile phone from one of the Marines and called for help, but was told that paramedics could not reach them there.
On hearing this, the soldiers suddenly began taking off their shirts, which they then tied together to make a temporary stretcher. They carried Moe about 3km in 20 minutes back to entrance of the visitor center. Although she had already lost consciousness, Moe was safely handed over to the paramedics. According to Wataru Yamada, a spectator on the site, "paramedics were very surprised that the Marines had walked down the mountain so fast."
Thankfully, Moe has since fully recovered from her ordeal. But Yoshihiro wanted to personally thank these five men who had saved his daughter. Although he did not know their names, he imagined they must have been US military, so contacted the Marine Corps and managed to find them. On the phone he said "I am so grateful, thank you is not enough." He gave each of the Marines a lighter engraved with their name and "Mt. Fuji July 3, 2017" as a thank you gesture.
先日、富士山での海兵隊員による日本人女性救出をお伝えしましたが、女性の父親の織田祥裕さんから小包が届き、救出劇に関与した５人の隊員に感謝の気持ちのライターや長崎名物のカステラが入っていて、ライターにはそれぞれの名前と「Mt. Fuji July 3, 2017」と記されています。 pic.twitter.com/lVIz4cLTDI
— 在日米海兵隊 (@mcipacpao) July 26, 2017
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Captain Thiele doesn't want to accept any special praise for what they did, saying: "That could have been anyone. Right place, right time. We just happened to be the ones there." Moe and her dad are both certainly very lucky that they were!