Mt. Merapi climber falls into crater
The Jakarta Post
Members of the local search and rescue (SAR) team are searching for a man from Yogyakarta, Eri Yunanto, 21, who fell into the crater of Mount Merapi in Central Java.
"Eri Yunanto slipped into the crater at a depth of 200 meters during a photo session on the peak of Mt. Merapi at about 11 a.m. on Saturday," Dimar, one of the SAR members, said in Selo, Boyolali regency, on Sunday.
Dimar explained that Eri, a student of Atmajaya University's technical industry school in Yogyakarta, and four friends started hiking from Selo on Friday night and reached Pasar Bubrah, one level below the crater, on Saturday.
From Pasar Bubrah, Eri and two others continued on toward the crater at a height of 300 meters. "As soon as Eri fell, his friends descended [the mountain] to report the accident at 3 p.m. on Saturday," Dimar said.
A 100-member SAR team arrived at the incident site on Sunday. "We don't know when the SAR team will locate Eri because of the crater's dangerous situation. We have to take into consideration the safety of the rescuers," he added. (hhr)(+++)
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