: Russia Karelia Tragedy: 13 children dead in boating accident

11:34 Jun. 20, 2016

Russia Karelia Tragedy: 13 children dead in boating accident

Kids return to the Syamozero Park Hotel in the Pryazhinsky District (Getty Images)

Officials specify a number of those killed on Syamozero Lake

Head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen did not confirm that 15 children died in the boat disaster on the Syamozero Lake.

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"13 children were killed. The fourteenth one has not been found yet", Alexander Khudilainen said at a working meeting, adding that the search continues, reports Russia's state-run news agency TASS. The touristic group comprised 51 people, including four adults. 

Russian Emergency Minister Vladimir Puchkov demanded the closure of the camp. 

"As regards the camp, make your decision tomorrow, close it up and send children back home to their fathers and mothers. Specify their routes", the Minister said. He added that the National Crisis Management Centre will help resolve the issue of transporting children.

The Emergency Ministry said the plane carrying the bodies of those killed in Karelia's Syamozero Lake already landed in Moscow.

Head of the region Khudilainen said they will check out all the camps located near the Syamozero Lake. "We will start inspecting all the camps nearby in order to avoid such a tragedy in future", added Khudilainen.

On June 19 the storm capsized two boats killing 13 children and one adult (instructor) in the Syamozero Lake in Karelia. This was reported by Russia's Investigative Committee representative Vladimir Markin.

"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.

The average age of children ranged from 12 to 15 years. Officials launched a criminal case regarding "services which do not meet safety requirements and negligently caused death of two or more persons". Several camp instructors were 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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