MOSCOW: Eight members of a tour group exploring underground tunnels in Moscow’s sewer system on Sunday (Aug 20) have been discovered useless after getting caught off-guard by flash flooding, native media stated.
The victims, who have been touring an underground river often known as the Neglinka, are believed to have develop into trapped by rising water ranges following a downpour and have been unable to flee to the floor.
Amongst those that drowned have been the tour information and 7 members of his get together, which included a minor, native media stated.
“The our bodies of all individuals of the tour have been discovered,” investigators stated, including formal identification of the victims was underway.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin known as the incident a “horrible tragedy” on social media and expressed his condolences.
A number of tour operators supply journeys into the huge tunnels of the capital’s sewer system, a few of which have been constructed throughout the nineteenth century.
The legality of such journeys is disputed, and investigators stated on Monday that they had launched a felony case into an “unlawful tour”.
One of many tour organisers has already been detained, Russia’s Investigative Committee stated on Tuesday, including that one other defendant is believed to have fled to the United Arab Emirates.