Russian mountaineer sighted alive near Mt. Mayon crater, retrieval on-going

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"Pain and Cold" - last text for help from Russian Mark Yuchyugaev lost at Mayon Volcano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
“Pain and Cold” – last text for help from Russian Mark Yuchyugaev lost at Mayon Volcano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

LEGAZPI CITY (23May2013/PNA) – Team One of the search and rescue units organized by the Albay provincial government to look for the missing Russian who climbed Mt. Mayon Sunday morning was nearing its target at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the head of the operation.

Johnny AƱonuevo, on-scene commander, sent a cellphone message to Dr. Cedric Daep, head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office, that they had a visual contact with Russian national, Mark Yuchagaev, at the Miisi Gully along the slope of Mayon.

Earlier at about 10:00 a.m., Team One and the foreign mountaineer, who had sought assistance as he was suffering from pain and cold temperature at the slope, established mirror signal at the Miisi Gully, according to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council chair.

At 10:30 a.m., upon request of Team One, the PDRRMC transferred the Field Command Post to Barangay Miisi.

It must be recalled that on Tuesday evening, Salceda said they received a distress call at about 8:02 p.m., informing them that a certain foreign national climbed Mayon on Sunday, passing through the Barangay Miisi trail in Daraga town at the southwest portion of Mayon.

A certain Gerry Delana (not Jerry Bilala as earlier reported) of Busay, Daraga, Albay, reported to the Daraga Fire Station, asking assistance for a certain Mark Yuchagaev, who sent a message through his cellphone that he was at the slope of Mayon, could not move and asked for help.

Yuchagaev was in 1,700 meters above sea level, according to Delana.

The PDRRMC immediately set up search and rescue units to find the victim.

Early Wednesday morning, Team One and Team Two went up for the search and rescue operation, while Team Three and Team Four are on stand by at the Apsemo.(PNA)

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