Rescuers Save Drunk Fisherman From Drifting Ice

Story ByAnastasia Smirnova, Sub EditorJoseph Golder,AgencyCentral European News

Video Credit: CEN/DenisDolinin

This is the moment rescuers save a fisherman who is stranded on an ice floe in a Russian river after he reportedly passed out drunk.

The incident took place in the Zeya River by the city of Blagoveshchensk in south-eastern Russia’s Amur Oblast region when passersby spotted a 30-year-old man drifting on the sheet of ice.

In the video, the man, whose name was note reported but is said to be a fisherman, can be seen lying down on the drifting ice.

Picture Credit: CEN/DenisDolinin

Onlookers called emergency services and in the clip, they can be seen using a hovercraft to reach the man as normal boats are not allowed on the water.

They then place him on a stretcher and into an ambulance. Local media report he was taken to hospital by the paramedics but there have been no further updates on his condition.

Local media report the man had passed out after drinking alcohol but it is unclear how long he was on the ice floe.

Picture Credit: CEN/DenisDolinin

Netizen ‘Vika Vikav’ said: “I hope that this man recovers fast.”

Another one ‘Galina Suvorova’ added: “I bet he had some booze in order not to be afraid of fishing on an ice floe.”

The Zeya is a northern tributary to the Amur River and is usually frozen from November to May.

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Anastasia Smirnova

I am a senior writer and correspondent with several years experience working as a contributor for various publications.