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GORNO-ALTAISK, February 17 (Itar-Tass) – The rescuers have spotted from a helicopter Mi-8 two tourists, who got stranded on the snowmobiles near the Albagan Mount in the Choya district, the press service of the regional emergency situation department reported on Sunday.
The snowmobilers were brought to the tourist base, they are feeling well, despite the fact that overnight to Sunday the air temperature dropped to 20 degrees below zero in the accident area, they do not need medical aid, the rescuers noted.
On Sunday morning, an alarm call came that a group of three tourists by three snowmobiles left a tourist base in the village Karakoksha near the Albagan Mount. The tourists did not return to the tourist base at the scheduled time. The tourist group was not registered at the Altai search-and-rescue unit.
The search team went on searching for the lost snowmobilers by two snowmobiles at 02:00 local time (23:00 Moscow time) on Sunday and found a lost tourist. In his words, the snowmobilers drove up on the Albagan Mount, then went down, but failed to get out from the deep snow themselves. Only one tourist managed to get out from the snow drift and began to search for help immediately.