The Jakarta Post
The West Java Search and Rescue (SAR) Agency recovered the bodies of three unidentified climbers from Mount Tampomas in Sumedang, on Sunday.
The agency’s spokesperson Joshua Banjarnahor said the bodies were first discovered by a climber from Bekasi, West Java.
“The witness found them laying not far from his tent,” Joshua said, adding that none of the deceased climbers had identity cards with them. However, it is believed that all of the climbers were teenagers.
The three reportedly started climbing on Saturday after reporting at the Narimbang post. Someone under the name Lucky made the report.
“Judging by their wet bodies, the climbers might be have suffered hypothermia,” Joshua said. He added that strong winds hit the mountain area over the weekend.
Climbers who are on high ground will quickly lose body heat during such weather conditions. They are likely to experience hypothermia if their clothes are wet, Joshua explained, adding that the bodies were found at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level.
The bodies have been taken to nearby Sumedang regional hospital.
One of them wore a blue shirt emblazoned with the slogan “Pupulaya Indramayu”, while the other two wore a grey shirt and a black long-sleeved shirt, respectively. In addition, a black motorcycle was found near an access point to the mountain.
“We are coordinating with the National Police to identify the corpses,” said Joshua.
He called on all climbers to equip themselves with sufficient climbing tools, especially during the rainy season. Hypothermia sufferers can be helped by transferring heat to their bodies by holding their hands or hugging them. (vny)