Thursday, November 23, 2017

Boaters recovered in Ob Bay after disappearing in storm

Authorities have recovered the bodies of two boaters who drowned in Panaevsky's Ob Bay after a heavy storm hit the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District on Tuesday.

Search parties were dispatched in the village of Panaevsky immediately after the storm following reports that 10 people who set off boating that night did not return home, ITAR-TASS reports.

"The fate of eight people remains unknown," a spokesperson from the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District's emergency department, according to ITAR-TASS. "On Thursday began search and rescue operations involving police and a group of rescuers also involved helicopter Mi-8."

Thus far, rescuers have recovered a few boats belonging to the missing eight people which were allegedly taken into Ob Bay despite warnings of an impending storm. Rescuers are continuing to search for the missing vessels under the assumption that there were no survivors.

"Among the [missing] were two general directors of construction companies, registered in the district, and working with construction crews," a statement from the district investigation department, ITAR-TASS reports.