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Mexican mountaineer dies after scaling active volcano, off-limits volcano

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Mexico City (AP) — A female mountaineer in Mexico died and injured her fellow climbers after climbing a very active off-limits mountain at Popocatepetl volcano.

A Mexican volunteer mountain rescue and support brigade confirmed on Monday that climbers had fallen into a canyon about 1,000 feet (300 meters) from the crater of the volcano. This suggests that it has reached or near the crater.

The 17,797-foot (5,426-meter) high volcanic crater has been belching toxic smoke, ash, and incandescent rock masses for almost 30 years.

Civil defense authorities have strictly prohibited climbers from entering within 7.5 miles (12 km) of the summit since the eruption began again in 1994.

Valentin Martinez Castillo, the mayor of the nearby town of Ozumba, has identified the dead woman as a 22-year-old resident of the town.

Martinez Castillo wrote in a social media account that climbers fell about 150 feet (50 meters) from the canyon, and the female body and surviving climbers were successfully removed from the summit. ..

Mountain Rescue and Assistance Brigade posted the following notice on social media on Friday: "She shouldn't have died. Don't risk the lives of yourself or others. Popocatepetl volcano is closed."

The National Disaster Management Center of the country said, "Ballistic We are urging people to stay away from volcanoes, especially the crater, because of the risk of debris falling. "

Popocatepetl Mountain is located 45 miles (72 km) southeast of Mexico City, with occasional showers in surrounding towns and parts of the capital.