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A tourist has died and four others left trapped under a 131ft frozen waterfall after a 'large lump' fell from the giant icicle.
Rescuers were called to the remote spot in Russia’s volcanoes-and-glaciers Kamchatka peninsula today following reports that a group of people were stranded under the ice.
The group of seven and one guide were marooned at Vilyuchinsky waterfall in the south of the region on the country’s Pacific coast, it has been reported.
Witnesses pulled a 'gravely' wounded child from the scene as well as a man and woman who also suffered injuries.
The Vilyuchinsky waterfall at the Kamchatka peninsula
(Image: Lidia Pazynina)
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But four were reported to still be stranded under the crashed ice following the accident today – which is Orthodox Christmas Day in Russia.
An emergency Mi-8 helicopter was dispatched to the tourist site with rescuers, medics and investigators.
The press service of the regional Ministry of Emergencies said in a statement: “One person died, another was pulled out and taken downhill from the waterfall, and four people were left under the ice."
The two adults and child pulled from the ice fall were flown to hospital.
The group included seven people and one guide
(Image: Lidia Pazynina)
Four tourists were reportedly trapped at the Russian beauty spot
The waterfall is on the northwestern slope of the Vilyuchinsky volcano and is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the scenic peninsula.
The temperature was minus 11C when the incident took place.
The 131ft waterfall is formed from the outflow from thawing glaciers.
In winter it often freezes, resembling a giant icicle and is a magnet for tourists to one of Russia’s most beautiful regions, known as the Land of Fire and Ice, nine time zones east of capital city Moscow.
Today is celebrated as Orthodox Christmas Day in Russia as well as in many neighbouring countries, and is a national public holiday.