The Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Saint Petersburg Directorate’s specialists have rescued three children from ice on the Gulf of Finland. Teenagers called the rescuers for help when they realized that they can’t leave the dangerous place by themselves, as a crack in the ice occurred near the shore.
Specialists from two fire and rescue stations and rescuers from the Northwestern Regional Search and Rescue Center were immediately dispatched to help the children. Dispatcher provided support to the children and told how to do in the situation via telephone until the rescuers arrived.
The children were brought back to the shore by two boats and a Khivus hovercraft, capable of going on water and ice. The children were not hurt thanks to rescuers’ immediate response.
A lot of ice crossings were closed down all over the country due to warm weather and this ice. 66 people have already died since the beginning of the ice season. The main causes of death are crossing the rivers through unauthorized areas, going on vehicles through ice for relaxation and fishing, as well as going through thin ice.
But at the same time, nobody has died on authorized ice crossings. The population are being instructed on dangers of thin ice and the number of patrols along water bodies have been increased.
More than 570,000 people and more than 105,000 units of equipment, including more than 150,000 people and more than 22,000 units of equipment are on standby to respond to emergencies during winter.