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Russian hiker missing at Indonesia volcano

August 13, 2013

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were searching Tuesday for a Russian hiker who went missing while climbing Indonesia’s most volatile volcano on the main island of Java, officials said.

Ehbrehnin Yeveny, 26, was reportedly climbing the southern side of Mount Merapi on Saturday, a popular site for visitors, when he sent a text message to his girlfriend asking for rescuers to come find him after he lost his way, said local search and rescue agency spokesman Teguh Supriyadi.

Six search-and-rescue teams of 48 members were mobilized Tuesday to look for Yeveny, whose last message early Monday said he was in a river and walking toward lights he believed were coming from a town.

His footprints were discovered Monday, but he had moved on and the teams were not able to track him, said Pristiawan, another rescue official, who uses only one name like many Indonesians.

The 2,968-meter (9,737-foot) mountain is the most active among Indonesia’s volcanoes. Last month, it unleashed a column of dark red volcanic material 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) into the air, but an eruption did not occur and the alert level was not increased. Mount Merapi’s last major eruption in 2010 killed 347 people.

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