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Two backpacks of missing tourists found on Elbrus slope

March 16, 2013, 16:12 UTC+3
The group of tourists was not officially registered, and their whereabouts are not known so far
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NALCHIK, March 16 (Itar-Tass) - Rescuers found two backpacks at a height of 4,800 m above sea level on an Elbrus slope on Saturday when they were searching for two missing foreign tourists.

The tourists, Pawel Gostinski from Poland and Ali-Atabi Sirelli from Iran, disappeared on Friday.

The rescuers suppose the backpacks belong to the missing tourists, the head of the press service of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's department in Kabardino-Balkaria, Murat Apazhikhov, told Itar-Tass.

Apazhikhov said visibility in the search area was poor and the temperature was below zero.

The information about the disappearance of two foreign tourists was received by the Elbrus search and rescue team on Friday from the Polish Embassy.

The search is continuing in the area of the Pastukhov rocks.

The group of tourists was not officially registered, and their whereabouts are not known so far.

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