Six die in climb up Siberian volcano

Six die in climb up Siberian volcano

At least six people have died while climbing Eurasia’s highest active volcano, which is located in Siberia’s Kamchatka peninsula.

Rescuers have tried but failed to reach another six climbers on the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano because of bad weather – despite a renewed effort today.

Two of the climbers are believed to be sheltering in a camp at nearly 11,000 feet above sea level, and another four in a tent at over 13,000 feet high.

All the climbers are Russian. The group of 12, which included two guides, began climbing the 15,597 foot summit on August 30.

But four days later, on Saturday, four climbers died together after falling to their deaths at over 13,000 feet. Another two died shortly thereafter of injuries sustained in the fall. One of the surviving guides broke his leg and the remaining climbers’ condition was not immediately known.

A third attempt to reach the survivors was made on Sunday but high winds prevented a helicopter from landing, the search and rescue team said.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka – whose volcanic cone towers above the Kamchatka peninsula – is part of a world heritage site for volcanoes. The volcano is considered sacred by some Siberian natives.

LU Staff

LU Staff

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