Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
These images show the moment a man swimming in the sea mere feet from a beach in Odesa suddenly blows up in front of his horrified family.
It is currently unclear what caused the explosion and the authorities are investigating, but swimming in the area is prohibited, as it has been mined due to the ongoing conflict with Russia.
The footage, which was obtained from the Odesa Region Police, shows people running on the beach towards the water when there is a sudden explosion.
The graphic and distressing images then show what appear to be the bloody remains of the man, who has not been named, washed up on the shore, with police on the scene.
The Odesa Region Police said in a statement on Saturday, 11th June: “Police urge residents and guests of Odesa region to strictly follow the rules of martial law: do not go to the coastal protection zone of the Black Sea, do not swim in the mined sea.
“Today, the neglect of safety rules by a family from Donetsk region has led to tragic consequences. While swimming in the sea in one of the villages of Odesa district, an explosion of an unknown object killed a 50-year-old man in front of his wife, son and friend. The latter miraculously did not suffer, because he went swimming with the victim.
“Now there is an investigative task force of the territorial unit of police and explosives. The full circumstances of the incident are being established, the issue of entering information under Part 1 of Article 115 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine marked ‘accident’ into the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations is being resolved.
“Once again, a strict ban on visiting the coast and swimming in the sea are security measures that are life-threatening if neglected.”
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