Tourist killed and four trapped in 131ft frozen waterfall after ice collapses
A tourist has died and four remain trapped under a frozen waterfall after a "large lump" of ice collapsed at a Russian beauty spot.
Rescuers arriving by helicopter were able to fly two of the group of seven to hospital from the 131ft Vilyuchinsky waterfall.
Eyewitnesses managed to pull a “gravely” wounded child from the "Tsar icicle" but a search operation in the -11C conditions in the south of the Kamchatka peninsula, continue.
Witnesses described the horror incident to have happened when "a large lump fell from the giant icicle"
A spokesman for the regional Ministry of Emergencies said: “One person died, another was pulled out and taken downhill from the waterfall, and four people were left under the ice."
Rescuers were at the remote spot in Russia’s volcanoes-and-glaciers Kamchatka peninsula with reports one person had died.
The group of seven plus a guide marooned at Vilyuchinsky waterfall in the south of the region on the country’s Pacific coast, said accounts.
But four were reported stranded under the crashed ice in an accident on Thursday which is the Orthodox Christmas Day in Russia.
An emergency Mi-8 helicopter was dispatched to the tourist site with rescuers, medics and investigators.
The two adults and child pulled from the ice fall, were flown to hospital.
The waterfall is on the northwestern slope of the Vilyuchinsky volcano, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the scenic peninsula.
The 131 ft waterfall is formed from the outflow from thawing glaciers.
In winter it often freezes, resembling a giant icicle and is a magnet for tourists to one of Russia’s most beautiful regions, known as the Land of Fire and Ice, nine time zones east of capital city Moscow.
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