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Rescuers of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations on Thursday completed the flyover on the Mi-17 helicopter of the Chinese armed forces of places where canoes belonging to Russian missing tourists were found in the Yurungkax River
The search party has so far failed to find six sportsmen members of the MGU (Moscow State University) group. According to a ministry official, “The results of examination of these areas make it possible to narrow the zone of search for the Russian tourists.” The preparation of rescuers and doctors of the Centrospas (Central Search And Rescue Unit) of the emergencies ministry has been started for landing at places where the canoes were found in order to determine ways of possible departure of the group of Russian tourists. “On Friday it is planned to concentrate the main efforts of the search and rescue party in the north and south along the route of the MGU sportsmen group movement, as well as in the point of the beginning of their canoeing trip down the Yurungkax River,” the official said. Joint ground and aerial groups of Russian and Chinese rescuers will get down to the search of the missing tourists in the morning on September 14. According to information available, the tourists and two local guides went on a canoeing trip in the last week of August. Contact with the group was lost soon afterwards. The missing tourists’ names are Vladimir Smetannikov, b. 1982, Sergei Chernik, b. 1960, Andrei Pautov, b. 1979, Dmitry Tishchenko, b. 1973, Ivan Chernik, b. 1982, and Alexander Zverev, b. 1972. On August 14, six tourists-sportsmen accompanied by two local guides started from the Pulu village to the place of the beginning of their canoeing trip down the river and came there on August 18. Then the guides returned to the village. The canoeing down the river was to end on September 2, however, contact with the group was lost at the very beginning and the team failed to show up at the designated point on the agreed date. Six Russian tourists failed to show up to meet their Chinese interpreter in Hotan as scheduled on September 2 after they began canoeing on the Yurungkax River in mid-August. The Russian rescuer said the Russian crew would closely cooperate with the Chinese side so as to find their whereabouts as early as possible, according to the Xinhua news agency. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu said in Beijing on Tuesday that around 1,100 Chinese armed police, herdsmen and farmers have been mobilized to search for them together with the Russian experts but so far they have found no trace of them. According to the news agency, there is a high chance that their canoes might have been stranded. They are possibly dragging the boats to search for areas more suitable for canoeing, said a herdsman who volunteered to join the search. On Tuesday, a Chinese military helicopter with 12 rescuers aboard carried out a four-hour search, but failed to locate the missing Russians after it flew about 500 km from the upper reaches to the lower reaches of the river, where they are believed to have gone missing, Xinhua reported.
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