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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Men Drown in Moscow River After Sharing Drinks on the Ice

Two men drowned in the Moscow River after they chose the river's treacherous ice as the site for an impromptu picnic, officials said Friday.

"They wanted to drink some vodka on the ice," said Alexei Filin, chief of the Moscow water rescue and search unit.

The intoxicated pair and an unspecified number of their drinking companions had walked 30 meters away from the Luzhniki dock Thursday when the ice started to break under them, Filin said.

The two men found themselves in the water and were drowned under the ice by the current before their friends could reach them, Filin said.

One body has already been retrieved from 3 1/2 meters of water near the Luzhniki dock. Filin has identified that victim as a 26-year-old resident of Baku, Azerbaijan.

A detective at the 135th police station who refused to identify himself said no criminal case has been opened, although he will continue to check the testimonies of the drowned pair's drinking companions.

Both Filin and the detective said that only a drunken person could come up with the idea of stepping onto visibly thin ice with the water temperature averaging 4 degrees Celsius.

Filin said his unit saved 13 people and retrieved 100 corpses from Moscow's rivers and water reservoirs last year.