Tragedy on Elbrus: 5 climbers killed, 14 rescued

Photo: Ria news

On the evening of September 23, on mount Elbrus in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, a group of climbers got into bad weather. The incident occurred at an altitude of about 5400 meters. With an air temperature of minus 20 degrees and a wind speed of up to 70 meters per second, the group could not continue to climb.

Rescuers moved to the scene of the incident. The operation involved 69 employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and 16 pieces of equipment, Ria news reports.

Of the 19 climbers, 14 people are alive, five died,  the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kabardino-Balkaria reported. All those who were saved have severe frostbite. Some have fractures of the limbs.