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Three dead as two vehicles fall through the ice on Lake Baikal

By The Siberian Times reporter
21 April 2013

Driving over the ice on Siberia's lakes and rivers is safe in deep winter - but in April?

Driving over the ice on Siberia's lakes and rivers is safe in deep winter - but in April? Picture: Alex Cheban

Police say drivers are taking huge risks and two separate tragedies on Lake Baikal have highlighted this. 

'On the evening of 19 April,  five men ignored basic safety measures which led to their SsangYong Istana van falling through the ice in the area of Cape Ulirba,' said police. 'Only three men managed to swim out, and two others died.'

A day later, a Lada Kalina car fell through the ice in almost exactly the same spot. 

A 29 years old passenger managed to escape the sinking vehicle but the driver was trapped and died.

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