MOSCOW — At least 15 children on a summer camp in north-east Russia drowned when their boats capsized in a storm on a lake, investigators and Russian media reports say.
The accident happened overnight on Lake Syamozero, close to the border with Finland, according to Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for Russia’s investigative committee.
The TASS news agency said 15 children died.
“There are no adults among the victims,” Mr Markin said in a statement.
Four members of the camp staff had been detained for questioning following the tragedy, he added.
The children, who were aged between 12 and 15, were “apparently not wearing life jackets”, Russia’s children’s rights watchdog, Pavel Astakhov, told the RIA Novosti agency.
The group was taking part in a summer camp close to the lake.
The Emergencies Ministry said the children were sailing on two boats and a raft when they got caught in a storm after nightfall.
Rescuers saved more than 30 people, the Ministry told RIA Novosti.
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on Twitter on Sunday that 10 of the dead children were from Moscow.
Investigators have opened a criminal probe into the incident to determine whether water safety rules were followed.
Man divorces wife just 15 minutes after Islamic marriage in Dubai
A man in Dubai divorced his bride just 15 minutes after their Islamic marriage as he felt ‘insulted’ by her father’s bride price demands.
The man agreed to pay his new father-in-law Dh100,000 for their wedding but the older man became impatient to get the cash, DailyMail reported.
According to Gulf News, family members and friends accompanied the couple to a Sharia judge’s office to witness the marriage contract being signed. The groom then gave Dh 50,000 on the spot as agreed, with the rest to come after the party left the court building, according to Gulf News.
But, the bride’s father demanded the remaining cash as soon as the signing was over, even though the groom didn’t have it on him.
He said it would only take five minutes to walk to his car, which was parked outside, and get the rest of the bride price.
Instead of letting him retrieve it, the father insisted him to pay either right then or send a friend or relative to get the money while he stayed inside.
The groom felt insulted and demeaned by the series of demands and called off the marriage immediately, a lawyer handling the case said.
‘He told the bride’s father that he did not want his daughter as his wife and divorced her in less than 15 minutes from signing the marriage contract,’ he said.Follow @gorkhapost