11 children, 1 adult killed in accident on Karelia lake

A tourist group involved in an emergency on a lake was not registered

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Eleven children and one adult have been killed in an accident on a lake in Russia's Republic of Karelia, a spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee told the Rossiya 24 television station.

"Eleven children and one adult have drowned. Investigative measures are now being taken to establish all circumstances of what happened," he said.

"Investigators believe that a group made up of 47 children and four adults were sailing on a lake in the Pryazhin district of the Republic of Karelia. Their watercraft capsized on the lake," he said.

A tourist group involved in an emergency on a lake in Russia's Karelia Republic was not registered, a spokesman for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's northwestern regional center told Interfax. "The group was not registered and was sailing on the lake without notifying rescuers of it in advance," he said.

The region's population was alerted to bad weather in the area via sms on June 19 morning, he said. "There was a gale on the lake. Sms messages alerting about unfavorable weather conditions were circulated in advance," he said.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has offered his condolences to the families whose children died in an accident in Karelia. "A huge tragedy has happened in Karelia. The preliminary information available indicates that ten children from Moscow died on Syamozero. I offer my condolences to their families and friends," Sobyanin said on his Twitter account on June 19.
Emergency Situations Ministry representatives, doctors, psychologists and the director of Moscow's department of labor and the population's social welfare, Vladimir Petrosyan, are en route to Karelia from Moscow, he said.

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