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Teenage dies a hero after saving his cousin from bear attack

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 November 2018

Rodion Burakov, 16, distracted beast allowing Boris, 13, to flee - but older boy was mauled to death, his torn body buried by predator.

Rodion Burakov, 16, distracted beast, but was mauled to death.

The pair had gone to take a sauna at a water station 14km from their Lazo village in the Milkovsky district of Kamchatka. 

On the walk back, they came across a brown bear.

The predator attacked the younger boy first but Rodion distracted it by running past it. 

Wounded Boris Burakov fled to the village raising the alarm at the fire station.

Hunters and firefighters rushed to the scene.

Rodion Burakov with his friends

Rodion Burakov with his friends

Friends share pics with Rodion in his memory.

District chief Vladimir Voitsekhovsky said: ‘They found a three-year-old predator that had already buried the body of the older teenager. 

‘The beast was shot on the spot.’

A spokesman for the Investigative Committee said: 'The bear rushed at the 13-year-old, and …. the older relative, trying to protect the younger one, distracted the bear’s attention to himself.

’As a result the 13-year-old was able to escape and report the predator’s attack. 

‘The older teenager died from the claws of a bear as he protected (his cousin).

‘The teenager got life-ending injuries, in the form of a scalped head wound, an open skull fracture’ and torn off lower and upper limbs.

Lazo village

Lazo village

Bear attacked the boys on the halfway to their native Lazo village.

Officials expressed their admiration for the selfless efforts of Rodion to save his cousin.

Rodion’s friends made a video in his memory, ending with the words: 'We remember, love, grieve. You will forever remain in our hearts. Farewell ...' 

A comment read: ‘We still cannot believe that Radik (Radion)  is no longer with us .... 

‘He died defending Boria (Boris) from the bear ... ‘

Locals gathered money for his funeral after a message saying that this mother could not afford the cost. 

Boris was admitted to Milkovo village but there is no threat to his life.

Comments (12)

"Il n'est pas de plus grand amour que de donner sa vie pour ceux qu'on aime".
Frédéric, France
19/11/2018 00:40
My prayers are with his family. A good caring young man.
stephen kastl, Raleigh, USA
14/11/2018 04:42
Sad news... btw I wonder why people living in wild lands don't bring with them pepper spray for bears, it could repel them without killing them.
lorenzo, Italia
11/11/2018 02:57
It is brave young men like Rodion that are huge losses to us all. What an incredible boy.
James Williams, United Kingdom
10/11/2018 18:29
I salute you Rodion Burakov!
Joe Khoo, Australia
09/11/2018 20:45
Very Brave and very sad
Keith Parker, Exmoor, SOUTHWEST ENGLAND
09/11/2018 18:40
luigi gugliara, Italia
09/11/2018 13:37
Onore a tanto coraggio....un abbraccio affettuoso alla famiglia
Luca, Italy
09/11/2018 13:02
My sincere condolences to the family of the hero. This takes courage and inresult saved a man's life, but at the cost of another's.
Tristan , Minburn, Alberta Canada
09/11/2018 04:50
A true hero! Greetings to his family from here!
Till, Germany
08/11/2018 20:48
So brave and still only a child.
Alex, Sweden
08/11/2018 15:49
Such a loving generous cousin to give his life to save a younger cousin!❤️
Patricia gothard, Laguna woods CA USA
08/11/2018 06:22

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