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BARNAUL, October 13 (Itar-Tass) — Two of the six residents of the Novosibirsk region of Russia who are staying in a Turkish hospital after a road accident, may be discharged in the short run, an official of the government of the Novosibirsk region told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“The lives of six tourists are not in danger. At this point the issue of discharge of two of the injured could be raised. The representative of the Russian Consulate General and a doctor from the insurance company are at the hospital,” the committee of foreign economic cooperation of the administration of the governor and government of the Novosibirsk region reported.
The health condition of the Russians remaining in the Turkish hospital after the road accident is assessed as satisfactory. “Their grave condition is out of the question,” the operational headquarters set up in Novosibirsk for providing assistance to the tourists told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The accident happened on Wednesday with a bus of the Pegas Touristik tour operator. It carried to Antalya airport for departure to Russia 18 Russian tourists, including 5 children. They were supposed to fly to Novosibirsk. The press service of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturizm) reported that 12 people who were on the bus were not injured. They were able to leave Turkey taking the planned flight. The other 6 Russian tourists were hospitalised.
On Monday, Russia’s Consul General in Antalya Alexander Tolstopyatenko told Itar-Tass that as many as 58 Russian nationals died and 180 were injured in traffic accidents in the Turkish resort city in 2011. “In the first nine months of 2011, we registered 58 deaths among Russian vacationers,” he said. “Most of the deaths were caused by diseases, such as heart attacks. Drowning accounted for 25 percent of the deaths.”
The death statistics include five Russians who died of methanol poisoning after being treated with alcoholic drinks during a yacht voyage in the resort city of Bodrum on May 27, 2011. The yacht belonged to a Turkish company.
In the mean time, the Russian consul general noted that Russian death statistics is almost the same as that by other countries. Thus, about 50 deaths were reported from among two million German vacationers.
According to Tolstopyatenko, Russians got into several dozens of traffic accidents. “About 180 Russians were injured and 12 died in such accidents. At least half of the accidents was blamed on our citizens, pedestrians,” he said. Some accidents were caused by mishandling of transportation vehicles, such as beach quad bikes, he noted.