Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment around 200 fishermen are left stranded on a huge sheet of floating ice that had broken away from a back in Russia.
The incident was filmed at the Beloyarskiy water reservoir in the south-western Russian region of Sverdlovsk Oblast, and the footage has been widely shared on Russian social network VK.
Despite the arrival of spring, the minus-degree temperatures made hundreds of fishermen go out onto the ice. However, no one was expecting that the huge ice sheet, known as a floe, would break away from the bank and leave them all stranded.
According to local media, the rescue services have been ferrying two patrol boats back and forth to the ice floe to bring the 200 trapped fishermen back.
Reports said that no one is in danger and the situation is under control.
Initially, the rescue operation was carried out by specialists from the town of Zarechniy, but another crew from the regional centre of Yekaterinburg joined the operation in order to speed things up.
Local media said the operation is ongoing due to the large number of fishermen.
Netizen ‘RazbukhshiyNogot’ said: “I wonder who will pay for this rescue operation.”
‘OstavitBi’ commented: “It would have been better off to leave them there and let them swim back to the shore. That would serve as a good lesson for others!”
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