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Russian rescuers search for UK mountaineer on Mount Elbrus — ministry

May 26, 20:02 UTC+3 NALCHIK
A group of 10 people were descending from Europe’s highest peak Elbrus (5,642 meters) when one of them fell down at a height of about 5,500 meters, reports the Emergencies Ministry
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NALCHIK, May 26. /TASS/. A mountaineer from the UK fell down on Thursday while descending from the summit of Mount Elbrus, duty officer of the Elbrus mountain search and rescue team of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Aslan Kurdanov told TASS.

"A UK mountaineer fell down during descent from Elbrus at a height of about 5,500 meters. Rescuers were dispatched to the site, but they will have to go all night long," Kurdanov said.

According to him, a group of 10 people, mostly foreigners, were descending from Europe’s highest peak Elbrus (5,642 meters), when one of them fell down. His whereabouts are currently unknown. The climbers got registered with the rescuers. The radio contact with them is currently unstable, there is ··low cloud cover and it is snowing in the area.

The information about the incident was transmitted to the rescuers at 16:15, Moscow time. Nine employees of the Elbrus mountain search and rescue team are moving to the rescue.

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