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More than 140 fishermen plucked to safety from ice floe as water rose

By Olga Gertcyk
14 November 2016

The anglers became trapped in mouth of Silinka River as it joins the Amur River.

The region has been hit by heavy snowfalls and warming temperatures which may have led to a rise in water levels. Picture: Kontinental Hockey League

Rescuers made makeshift rafts to save the group who had become marooned on their early morning fishing trips.

They were alerted by the wife of a fisherman who said her husband was one of those stuck on the floe as water levels increased.

Rescuers wearing wet suits and deploying inflatable boats used tree trunks and bushes to build a way of the icy waters.

Emergency services said more than 140 were saved. 

The region has been hit by heavy snowfalls and warming temperatures which may have led to a rise in water levels. 

Rescuers wearing wet suits and deploying inflatable boats used tree trunks and bushes to build a way of the icy waters. Pictures: The Siberian Times, Emergency Ministry

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Comments (1)

this happens every year and not only there. because the fishers are just plain dumb and careless. and do not think that they do not only endanger themselves but also the live of their rescuers. in my opinion they also should be made to pay for the rescue operations. that will make them think a little bit more next time.
Benedikt, Moscow
15/11/2016 00:31
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