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4 children, 14 adults rescued from top of volcano in Kamchatka

By The Siberian Times reporter
04 January 2020

Group of tourists got stuck at 2,300m after helicopter blades froze.

'Were the rescue plan to fail, the night was fast approaching and next day Kamchatka is to be hit by stormy wind and a snow cyclone'. Picture: Kamchatka Search and Rescue

Crew and 18 passengers were successfully rescued from Mutnovsky volcano after a sharp weather change caused strong winds and a sharp temperature drop. 

The crew called for help after several attempts to start MI-8 helicopter engine failed. 

The weather was rapidly deteriorating with the top of volcano getting blanketed by clouds, so rescuers landed further down the slope and kicked up to get the group. 

‘Children and adults were first warmed up and given hot tea after walking down to the helicopter; then the rescuers took them down to Nikolayevka village,’  Sergey Khabarov from the Kamchatka government told Kam24 news site. 

‘Were the rescue plan to fail, the night was fast approaching and next day Kamchatka is to be hit by stormy wind and a snow cyclone,’ he said. 

4 children, 14 adults rescued from top of volcano in Kamchatka 


4 children, 14 adults rescued from top of volcano in Kamchatka 


4 children, 14 adults rescued from top of volcano in Kamchatka 
Children and adults were first warmed up and given hot tea after walking down to the helicopter. Pictures: Kamchatka Search and Rescue


Most of the tourists were from Moscow. 

The helicopter will be picked up as soon as the weather gets better. 

It belongs to Vityaz Aero company.

Mutnovsky is 2,300m above sea level and is one of the most active volcanoes of southern Kamchatka. Its last eruption was in 2000.

Comments (2)

this could have been a whole different story, a sad one at that. Well done rescuers & to the adults in that party, learn from this experience, because the next time they might not (rescuers) get to you.


Happy New Year To Siberian Times & its Readers.
Jaker, Dundalk
08/01/2020 10:49
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Hope that the tourism company gets a bill for the expenses from the rescuers.
SteveC, Odessa, United States
06/01/2020 01:51
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