‘Miracle’ as boy, 3, found alive in dinghy after parents drown in front of him
A three-year-old boy has survived drifting alone for a day after his parents fell out of the motorised dinghy they were travelling in during a storm.
The boy was found when the dinghy drifted close to shore on Lake Khanka in the far-eastern Russian region of Primorsky Krai, bordering with North Korea.
A search was then organised for his parents, whose bodies were only recovered later.
The child, identified only by his first name Fedya, has reportedly told his gran that his parents drowned in front of him, and the last words of his mother were to advise him on what to do until rescuers turned up.
While it remains unclear what happened to the family on the lake and how the three-year-old boy managed to survive, it is believed his mother's last words had enabled him to keep safe until he was spotted.
It is also believed that one of the boy’s parents managed to get him to turn off the boat’s engine after being thrown into the water during the storm, unable to get back on board.
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The couple has been described as experienced anglers who instilled a love for water activities in their son from birth.
The boy was found unconscious in the motorised dinghy about a day after being separated from his parents.
A preliminary investigation found that the parents probably fell out of the vessel and drowned in front of their son, adding that it was a miracle he survived.
One theory is that the boat struck something while travelling at high speed and the parents were thrown overboard.
The bodies were reportedly recovered on Wednesday.
According to reports, the boy regained consciousness in hospital.
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The news site NTV said he is not yet willing to speak, but managed to tell his grandmother a few things.
Family friend Dmitry Ivanov said: “It seems like he saw his mother waving her arms around while she was drowning, asking him to press a button. As I understand it, she was asking him to turn off the engine.”
The investigation continues.
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