Eight people died while climbing the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula – the highest active volcano in Eurasia, RIA Novosti and the BBC reported.
On August 30, a group of 10 tourists and two guides arrived at the foot of the volcano. On September 3, nine started climbing, and three remained in camp at an altitude of 3,300 meters. The group included people from six Russian regions – Altai, Primorska, Kamchatka, Vladimir, Novosibirsk and Moskovska.
Shortly after the group left for the summit of the volcano, rescue teams were notified that five tourists had fallen from a great height and died on the spot, one was injured and one of the guides had a broken leg. On Sunday, the authorities announced a sixth victim, and today it became clear that the death toll has now reached 8 people.
The accident happened about 500 meters below the peak with a height of 4750 meters.
A helicopter with a Kamchatka rescue team was sent to the survivors, which has already managed to land at an altitude of about 1,700 meters.
The Kamchatka Peninsula is known for its active and dormant volcanoes, hot springs and rich wildlife, AP notes.