One tourist has died and four others have been trapped under a 30-meter-high frozen waterfall after a “large lump” fell from the giant icicle.
Rescuers were called to the remote site of volcanoes and glaciers on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula today after reports that a group of people were stranded under the ice.
The group of seven and a guide were stranded at Vilyuchinsky Waterfall in the south of the region on the country’s Pacific coast.
Witnesses pulled a “seriously wounded” child and a man and woman who were also injured from the scene.
However, it has been reported that four are still stranded under the crashed ice after today’s accident – Orthodox Christmas Day in Russia.
A Mi-8 emergency helicopter was sent to the tourist site with rescue workers, doctors and investigators.
The regional emergency department’s press service said in a statement: “One person died, another was pulled out and brought downhill from the waterfall, and four people were left under the ice.”
The two adults and the child who were pulled out of the icefall were flown to the hospital.
The waterfall is located on the northwest slope of the Vilyuchinsky Volcano and is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the scenic peninsula.
The temperature was minus 11 ° C when the incident occurred.
The 131ft waterfall arises from the runoff from thawing glaciers.
In winter it often freezes, resembles a giant icicle and is a magnet for tourists to one of the most beautiful regions of Russia, the land of fire and ice, nine time zones east of the capital Moscow.
Today is celebrated as Orthodox Christmas Day both in Russia and in many neighboring countries and is a national holiday.