Australian family missing at Japanese ski resort

Australian family missing at Japanese ski resort

Four members of a family believed to be Australian were safe at a ski resort in central Japan after having spent a night in the bitter cold on a mountain, police said on Tuesday.

Television footage showed the four wrapped blankets as they were escorted to ambulances.

Authorities began searching for the family after they managed to post a message on Facebook calling for help, TV Asahi reported. It also has expressed gratitude to the team at Ski Patrol.

Authorities have earlier declared that the family could be near the summit of the mountain at an altitude of 1,600 metres.

The Nagano Prefecture Police Headquarters told local media the family said no one had suffered any injuries and the group were intending to "dig a hole in the snow" in an attempt to withstand the icy conditions.

Police spokesman Yuichiro Miyasaka said the four appeared to be unhurt, but were taken to a local hospital as a precaution.

It was not known whether they knowingly skiing outside the designated areas, which some skiers do to try unbeaten tracks.

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Nozawa Holidays tweeted the news today that the family had been found at the Nozawa Onsen ski field.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it had been in contact with officials in Japan.

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