Monday, 12 November 2012 21:43
Cell phone activity leads to new site, search begins on second volcano.
The search and rescue mission for three missing European tourists near the Villarica volcano in southern Chile entered its fifth day Monday and expanded to a second volcano. No physical trace of the group has been found.
“New technological information has led us to believe the group was located on nearby volcano Quetrupillan and not on the Villarica volcano,” Jeanette Medrano, director of the National Emergency Office (ONEMI) of the Araucanía Region, told The Santiago Times.
The tourists, 32-year-old Russian citizen Dmitry Sivenkov, 25-year-old French citizen Gillhem Bellon and 25-year-old Italian citizen Luca Ogliengo, were on a day long hike Wednesday in Huerquehue National Park, located 440 miles south of Santiago in Araucanía. The hikers were originally believed to be on Villarrica, one of the five volcanoes in the area.
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