In Kamchatka, rescuers helped the ringed seal, which could not get into the water because of the ice, Yulia Ananieva, the press secretary of the EMERCOM of Russia for the Kamchatka Territory, told Interfax-Far East on Monday.
“The incident occurred in Avacha Bay, on the bank of which is the center of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. In the bay water ice was pressed to the bottom and the sea animal could not dive in any way, “Y. Ananieva said.
Residents of the regional center, walking along the shore, saw that the seal caught up in a predicament and reported this to the Ministry of Emergency Situations.
“The rescuers of the Kamchatka branch of the Far Eastern Search and Rescue Unit of the Ministry of Emergencies of the Russian Federation (DWPRPO) quickly arrived at the site and put on wet suits and went to the coastal ice where the seal was. Sergei Markov, Denis Ermolaev, Vladimir Shary and Vladimir Krivoshapov examined the animal, made sure that he had no injuries, and helped the seal to reach the polynya, “the spokeswoman said.
In turn, the head of the search and rescue division of the Kamchatka branch of the DPRSPO EMERCOM of Russia Sergei Markov noted that such rescue operations are not carried out on Kamchatka infrequently.
“A similar case, when the seal needed assistance from rescuers, occurred in Kamchatka in January 2017. Then the operation to save the sea beast was conducted in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky near the banks of the Rakova bay. According to eyewitnesses, on the seal, which was on the ice of the frozen bay, attacked stray dogs.
Seeing this, the locals beat the animal from the dogs and summoned the rescuers. The duty shift of our detachment arrived to the scene of the incident, was convinced of the absence of injuries to the seal and on the rescue vehicle Vepr delivered to the shore of Avacha Bay, where it was released into the open water, “S. Markov said.
Source: Maritime News of Russia