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Snowboarder missing on Kamchatka volcano found alive
Tuesday, 04 May 2004





A snowboarder, contacts with whom were lost May 1 when he was descending from the Avavhinski volcano in Kamchatka, has been found alive and evacuated from the volcano by helicopter, a duty officer at the Kamchatka region department for civil defense and emergency situations said.

The sportsman does not need medical aid and his life is completely out of danger, the officer said.

The man got missing during a downhill tour in a group of other snowboarders and mountain-skiers.

His relatives turned to the emergency situations officials for help May 2.

Avachinski, located some 25 kilometers away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski is one of the active volcanoes of Kamchatka’s volcano land. Its last eruption occurred in 1991, when the lava was running out of its crater and the columns of fumes were rising to the altitude of a thousand meters above it.

Avachinski is very popular with tourists and mountain-skiers.

People living in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski make group ascents there every year.

Downhill events are organized at its foothills.

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