“It seems that the Ukrainians have already opened the swimming season and, not following the quarantine recommendations, have begun to visit water bodies. The consequences of such a disregard for their own safety did not take long: only since the beginning of May, water has already claimed 21 lives,” the report said.
The State Emergencies Ministry talked about several precedents. In particular, a 17-year-old man drowned on May 8 in Chernihiv, northern Ukraine, in front of witnesses. The body of the guy, who was at the bottom of the reservoir at a distance of about five meters from the shore, was recovered by the workers of the rescue diving service.
And in Vinnytsia in Lake Guralnya, a man born in 1999 was engaged in underwater fishing in a wetsuit and disappeared. The search for the man lasted two days, but his body was never found.
"Therefore, given the number of emergency events near water bodies, rescuers warn: for the time of quarantine restrictions, you should refrain from walking and fishing on boats! Watch carefully for storm warnings and do not allow children to visit rivers, lakes and even small ponds," the State Emergencies Ministry said.
As we reported earlier, on Friday, May 1, employees of the State Emergency Service continue to extinguish individual fires of decay in the Chornobyl exclusion zone and Zhytomyr region (northern Ukraine).