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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, March 12 (Itar-Tass) – The Mi-8 helicopter carrying five rescuers has flown from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky for the search for three tourists who went missing in Kamchatka, spokeswoman of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s (EMERCOM) main department for the Kamchatka Territory Yulia Ananyeva told Itar-Tass.
Another search party is following the route of the missing tourists on snowmobiles.
No traces of people have been found so far, Ananyeva specified.
On March 9, the three travellers headed on snowmobiles to the Dzendzur tourist base in the area of ··the Zhupanova River 118 kilometres from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. They had the necessary supply of fuel, food, as well as satellite communication devices.
During the trip the tourists were regularly getting in touch by satellite phones and on March 10 were to return to the Kamchatka regional centre, but they did not.
It is currently unknown where the tourists are. There is no communication, including by satellite and cellular phones, with the missing.
The territorial law enforcement agencies informed that Director of the Kamchatnefteprodukt company Alexei Skidan is among the missing. This company is the largest supplier of motor fuel to Kamchatka.