MOSCOW, June 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin was kept informed about the rescue operation in Karelia after a deadly accident claiming the lives of 14 children, presidential; press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.
"The president extends his deepest condolences over the tragedy that claimed the lives of 14 children," Peskov said.
"The president was informed by emergencies services about the rescue operation after the tragedy in Karelia," he said. "During the day, Vladimir Putin several times got in touch with Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets, Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin."
"He gave instruction on the organization of assistance to the survivors and to the families of those killed in the accident," the spokesman said. "Apart from that, the president issues corresponding instruction of the Investigations Committee to establish the causes of the tragedy and find those responsible for it."
According to preliminary data, forty-seven children vacationing at the Park Hotel Syamozero children’s camp accompanied by four adult instructors ran into a gale while rafting on three boats in Lake Syamozero in Karelia, northwestern Russia. The boats overturned and sank. Fourteen children drowned. All the adults survived.
Russia’s Investigations Committee opened a criminal case over the accident.
June 20 has been declared a day of mourning in Karelia.