Rescuers on the Lake Syamozero in Karelia.Igor Podgorny/TASS
Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov's plane carrying the children rescued in Syamozero in Karelia landed at Moscow Vnukovo Airport at 12:15 p.m. Moscow time, an Interfax correspondent reported.
The Emergency Situations Ministry press service told Interfax the plane was carrying 33 children - those who went on the boating trip, including the 12 children who were hospitalized in Petrozavodsk.
One boy, who had a back injury, was carried on a stretcher. During the flight, he was assisted by doctors from the Tsentrospas unit, who also monitored the other children.
The doctors and psychologists who accompanied the children on the flight said the children's condition had not worsened and that the flight had gone well.
On the plane, Puchkov talked with the children several times. Before the flight, he came up to each of them and asked how they felt. Immediately after landing, the minister again came to the children to thank them and say he is proud of each of them.
"I want to thank each one of you. In this difficult situation, you manifested strength and selflessness [...]. The Emergency Situations Ministry team and I are proud of you. I wish you success and have a good rest. I am proud of you," the minister said.
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