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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fishermen Stranded on Ice Floe

Rescuers on skis, tugboats and helicopters searched Monday for six amateur ice fishermen stranded on an ice floe that broke off into a lake in Russia's Far North.


The men disappeared on the floe Friday, and had no tents or food with them, Itar-Tass reported. It cited the Emergency Situations Ministry as saying the chances that any could have survived were slim.


The fishermen are missing on Lake Onega, about 130 kilometers north of Petrozavodsk, capital of the Karelia region in extreme northwest Russia.


The six fishermen had been ice-fishing with two others, who managed to scramble ashore and report the incident, Itar-Tass said. It said the ice separated as a result of ice-breaking operations.


The ministry said four groups of rescue skiers and two squads of rescuers in trucks were searching the shores of the lake.


The ministry also said two Mi-8 helicopters and two tugboats were taking part, but that weather conditions were poor and cloud cover low.