Russian rescuers in Kamchatka evacuated three injured tourists from the Kljuchevskaya volcano, the highest mountain on the peninsula, with the help of a helicopter. This was reported by the TASS agency. She recalled that originally a group of ten tourists and two mountain guides went up the volcano, but nine members did not survive the ascent.
“The helicopter of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, with the help of rescuers, loaded three injured tourists and transported them to the nearest inhabited place, the village of Ključi. From there, the disaster medicine machine should evacuate them to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky,” the agency quoted the communique as saying. “The method of evacuating the dead bodies, which are likely to be at an altitude of 4,150 meters, will be decided later,” she added, adding that rescuers had reached the expedition’s camp at an altitude of 3,300 meters on Tuesday morning.
Kljuchevskaya is the highest active volcano in Eurasia, its height varies between 4750 and 4850 meters above sea level according to the Internet encyclopedia.
Rescuers tried to reach the group on Sunday, but had to turn back because strong, freezing winds of over 100 kilometers per hour prevented their helicopters from landing. The temperature on the mountain can drop to minus 14 degrees Celsius at night. Authorities initially reported six dead, later increasing their number to eight and finally to nine.