A Swedish citizen has been killed in a mountaineering accident in Russia’s internal republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. The tourist slipped on a mountain slope and fell to his death on June12, the agency reported, citing the republic’s Emergencies Ministry.
The late tourist was returning from the ascent to the Zapadnaya Mountain together with three more Swedish citizens. After the accident, the Swedes reported to the Elbrus search-and-rescue team. The body was found a few hours after the report. By the end of the same day the body was delivered to the village of Terskol, and on June 13 — to the city of Nalchik.
The press service of the Kabardino-Balkaria’s Emergencies Ministry has said that all of the Swedish tourists had registered with the search-and-rescue service. However, they did not hire a mountain guide which, the rescuers hold, could be one of the reasons behind the tragedy.