At least eleven children and one adult have drowned in a boating accident in Russian Karelia in the night. The children were from Moscow.
According to the local authorities gave a group of 49 people in two boats and a raft to cross a lake, but was surprised by a storm. Only one of the boats managed to get back to land.
In the group were children aged 12-15 years and adult escorts from a summer camp.
The authorities have so far rescued 36 people. A girl herself had managed to get ashore.
The authorities in Moscow have sent rescue personnel, psychologists and social workers to the site.
According to Russia’s children’s ombudsman Pavel Astachov the children had killed “apparently not had life jackets. ” A preliminary investigation has been launched to investigate whether safety regulations are followed. One of the instructors at the summer camp has been included for questioning.