: Russia's Karelia Lake Tragedy: Body of 14th victim found

11:56 Jun. 26, 2016

Russia's Karelia Lake Tragedy: Body of 14th victim found

Kids on the shore of Lake Syamozero in the Pryazhinsky District (Getty Images)

13-year-old boy was the only child listed as missing

Russian rescuers finally found the body of the 14th child who drowned after the boat was caught by the storm at the Syamozero Lake in Russia's' Karelia.

This is reported by the Russian state-owned news agency TASS, citing law enforcement officials.

"Today rescuers have found the body of a child, presumably one of Park Hotel tourists (the children's camp in Russia's Karelia), 100 metres from the coastline near the village of Lahti", said the source.

Karelian authorities also confirmed discovery of the 14th victim in the lake disaster. A 13-year-old boy was the only child who was listed as missing. The search took a week. Previously, a life jacket was found in the disaster area.

The tragedy occurred on June 19 when a group of 47 children and four adults set sail to a boating trip at the lake in the Pryazhinsky district of Karelia in northern Russia.
Two boats capsized killing 14 children and one adult (instructor). 33 children were rescued.

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". The children's camp will be eventually closed up. Several camp instructors were detained.

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