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Russia: Investigators name avalanche the main reason of Dyatlov Pass deaths04:22

Russia: Investigators name avalanche the main reason of Dyatlov Pass deaths

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 11, 2020 at 16:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

Lawyer and former Deputy Head of the Prosecutor General Office in Russia's Urals Federal District said an avalanche was the main reason behind the deaths of nine Soviet tourists at Dyatlov's Pass in 1959. He spoke at a news conference in Moscow on Saturday.

"It is the most probable that [Semyon] Zolotaryev reported an avalanche as the back of the tent fell down. The only adequate solution in such a situation, as concluded by two tourism experts, is to cut through the tent right away and come out of it," said Kuryakov.

He said the group was believed to exit in an organised manner and walk for at least 50 meters from the tent. Poor visibility was named as an associated cause of death as the tourists were not able to find their way back.

"The tent was visible only from 6 to 16 meters. 16 meters as the best option. The tourists walked away for 50 meters. So, when they looked up, they did not see the tent," added Kuryakov.

A new investigation into the circumstances of the tourists' deaths was launched by the Prosecutor General Office in 2019.

Find out more with RUPTLY's special project on https://dyatlov.ruptly.tv

Russia: Investigators name avalanche the main reason of Dyatlov Pass deaths04:22
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Lawyer and former Deputy Head of the Prosecutor General Office in Russia's Urals Federal District said an avalanche was the main reason behind the deaths of nine Soviet tourists at Dyatlov's Pass in 1959. He spoke at a news conference in Moscow on Saturday.

"It is the most probable that [Semyon] Zolotaryev reported an avalanche as the back of the tent fell down. The only adequate solution in such a situation, as concluded by two tourism experts, is to cut through the tent right away and come out of it," said Kuryakov.

He said the group was believed to exit in an organised manner and walk for at least 50 meters from the tent. Poor visibility was named as an associated cause of death as the tourists were not able to find their way back.

"The tent was visible only from 6 to 16 meters. 16 meters as the best option. The tourists walked away for 50 meters. So, when they looked up, they did not see the tent," added Kuryakov.

A new investigation into the circumstances of the tourists' deaths was launched by the Prosecutor General Office in 2019.

Find out more with RUPTLY's special project on https://dyatlov.ruptly.tv

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