Kamchatka, Russia – On Sunday, April 9, 2017 an avalanche buried two people on the north or northeast face of the Vilyuchinsky Volcano near Saransk Bay on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Rescuers located the victims, a 31-year-old and a 9-year-old boy, buried 8 meters deep the next day.
The avalanche occurred in the afternoon in a popular and remote site for skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. There were 40 people in the area at the time. Multiple reports refer to the group of 40 people as “fans of extreme sports.” Due to the location, mobile communication is challenging.
The avalanche is reported as being 5 to 6 meters deep. An Mi-8 helicopter responded to the scene with rescuers, search dogs, probes, shovels, and lighting. The helicopter was unable to land, but the people on site are actively searching for the missing individuals. More rescuers are expected to arrive on site in the AM (PiterBurger.ru). Interfax.ru states that the missing people were not wearing avalanche beacons.
We will try to update this post when more information becomes available.
- Rescuers located the bodies of the avalanche victims. Interfax.ru identified the victims as a 31-year-old and a 9-year-old boy. RIA.ru reports that the man was buried at a depth of 8-meters.
- RIA.ru and KamChatInfo.com note that the victims triggered the slide while riding snowmobiles.
- AIF-Kamchatka posted this video of rescuers on the scene of the accident. KamChatInfo.com has photos of the accident site.
- BlokNot.ru identified the victims as Aleksey Sinitsky and his 9-year-old son.
On February 26, 2016, a heli-skier was killed on the slopes of Volcano Vilyunchinsky. Read more about that incident here.
- Kam-Kray.ru published a detailed report about this avalanche accident. They note that the avalanche was 30 to 50 meters wide and 7 to 8 meters deep
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