11 people drowned in Karelia lake

11 people drowned in Karelia lake

The tragedy that occurred this morning at Syamozero lake in Karelia claimed the lives of 11 people, 10 of which are children.

Today, the regional Emergencies Ministry reported that a tourist group went missing. "A connection with unregistered tourist group was lost at Syamozero lake. Search and rescue works are underway. They involve 22 people and 13 pieces of equipment," RIA Novosti quoted its representatives as saying.

Two helicopters of the Ministry: Mi-8 and Ka-32, were also involved in the searches.

Later it was found out that this group consisted of 26 people. There were two adults and children between the ages of 12 and 17. Many of them came to Karelia from Moscow. 

According to preliminary data, tourists were swimming in the lake on a boat when the storm started, which led to the tragedy.

According to the latest reports, rescuers managed to save 11 people. 11 tourists, including 10 children, have already died. The fate of four more people remains unknown.

The information about the fact that children were from Moscow have been already confirmed by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. He offered his condolences to the families whose children died in the accident. "A big tragedy happened in Karelia," he tweeted.

The head of the Republic of Karelia, Alexander Khudilaynen, is already heading there. "The head of the Republic is already heading to the accident site. Representatives of the government of Karelia are also there. Hotline will be organized in the near future," the press service of the Republic's government informed.

Law enforcement agencies already responded to the tragedy. "The Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Karelia carries out inspection in connection with the accident at Syamozero lake in Pryazha region."

Deputy Prosecutor of Karelia Eduard Gusakov also heads to the site.