Snow avalanche hit group of tourists in Zakarpattia: fatalities reported

Source : 112 Ukraine

The accident happened near Stig Mountain
12:47, 26 January 2019

Snow avalanche in Zakarpattia region

Three 28-year-old tourists from Kyiv were hit by the snow avalanche, one died near the Stig Mountain in Rakhiv, Zakarpattia region last evening. The Governor of Zakarpattia Henadii Moskal reported this on Facebook.

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“Before climbing the mountain the boys called to the rescuers and asked, whether the rout was safe enough. The exact answer was: “Do not climb the mountain, because funeral is a too big price to pay”. Despite this warning all three of them decided to climb anyway. During the descending the first snow avalanche hit them, they were thigh-high under snow, and then the second avalanche hit them, this time the snow covered them fully”, - said the Governor.   

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One of the boys managed to get out by himself, then he helped his friend, and both of them found the third one. “Unfortunately, the young man suffocated under the snow and died”, - Moskal added.

He also pointed out that those two boys had to stay in a tent with their friend’s body for a night, and only next morning they managed to contact an emergency rescue unit.

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“Having left the body of the deceased in the tent, the boys went to the recreation center and halfway they met the rescuers from the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Now the boys are safe, they returned to avalanche place with rescuers to find the body of their friend”, - according to the Governor.

The Governor of Zakarpattia has also expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased and also implored all the tourists to be as careful as possible during climbing mountains and to listen to the rescuers’ recommendations.

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