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2 Fatalities on Elbrus

May 18 2004 at 3:40 PM
itar-tass  (Login dipper)

Response to May Accident Reports


Rescuers found the bodies of two climbers from Ulyanovsk on the northern Elbrus slope on Tuesday. They have already been searched for in the Elbrus area for about a week, chief of the southern regional centre of the Russian Emergencies Ministry Ivan Teterin told Itar-Tass.
According to him the basic camp of Ulyanovsk sportsmen is also found. The condition of the camp points to the fact that foil weather conditions caught the climbers unawares. Their belongings were littered, tents are broken.
The bodies of climbers were found on the northern Elbrus slope, but an altitude of 5,100 metres above the sea level does not allow taking them aboard the helicopter.
Rescuers do not rule out that the climbers could fall in the fissure, many of which are noticed on the itinerary of the climbing group. The search for the climbers is in progress.

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