The poor visibility prevented the patrol from identifying a ship that is repeating the route of Riúrik, a legendary Varangian leader and first known ruler of the Russia.
The Finnish Coast Guard on Sunday sent a patrol to identify a mysterious object that was in the waters of the Gulf of Finland, and due to poor visibility the latter confused it with a ” three-headed sea monster “, local media reported.
However, when the patrol approached it turned out that it was a typical medieval-style Russian ship, with a three-headed dragon on the bow, which is the character of several Russian folk tales.
Also, the crew of the boat was dressed in typical costumes.
“Sending patrol boats to identify approaching vessels is a standard procedure, but this time it was a fun case ,” Jarmo Hakkinen, a Coast Guard officer, said, adding that something similar had never happened to him.
Hakkinen claimed that the ship, which was fairly new, was heading to a fair in Norway.
According to Russian media reports , the ship departed on May 5 from the Russian city of Samara, and its 7 crew intend to repeat the route of Riúrik, a legendary Varangian leader and first known ruler of the Rus. In addition, they plan to visit the Baltic countries.