: Karelia Tragedy: 11 children die as boat capsizes in Russia Syamozero Lake

16:30 Jun. 19, 2016

Karelia Tragedy: 11 children die as boat capsizes in Russia Syamozero Lake

Syamozero Lake in Karelia. Photo courtesy - wikipedia.org

Officials launch a criminal case 

The storm capsized two boats killing 11 children and one adult (instructor) in the Syamozero Lake in Karelia. This is reported by Russia's Investigative Committee representative Vladimir Markin, according to Interfax.

"Investigators say, a group of 47 children and four adults were crossing the lake in the Pryazhinsky district of Karelia. The swimming facilities carrying children and adults capsized in the lake", said Markin.

Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said earlier that 10 children from Moscow died while crossing the lake.

"A great tragedy has occurred in Karelia. According to preliminary data, 10 children from Moscow have died in the Syamozero Lake. My condolences to relatives and friends", the Mayor wrote on Twitter.

Some media say 13 people were rescued. The press service of the regional Emergency Ministry confirmed that 11 people were rescued. The average age of children ranged from 12 to 15 years.

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Officials launched a criminal case regarding "services which do not meet safety requirements and negligently caused death of two or more persons". One of the camp instructors was detained.

The land of the Karelian people is an area in Northern Europe of historical significance for Finland, Russia, and Sweden. It is currently divided between the Russian Republic of Karelia, the Russian Leningrad Oblast, and Finland (the regions of South Karelia and North Karelia). 

Lake Syamozero is a large freshwater lake in the Republic of Karelia, northwestern part of Russia. Maximum depth is about 24 m.

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