– The rescuers of the EMERCOM of Russia flew to Norway to assist in the search for a Russian Mi-8 helicopter that went missing near Spitzbergen, was reported in the press service of the emergencies Ministry.
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“From the Ramenskoye airfield near Moscow to Norway departed the plane Il-76 EMERCOM of Russia, on Board of which more than 40 rescuers, two advanced units, emergency – squad “Centrospas” and Center “Leader”, including 17 of divers with a permit to conduct search and rescue operations at great depths,” – said the press service.
In the area of search works will be delivered two deep small robotic device designed to perform search operations in coastal or inland waters.
Rescuers are also equipped with a compressor equipment, motor boats, unique classes, diving gear and equipment necessary for the survey of underwater objects.
“The underwater complex, which includes sonars side-scan, sonar system positioning and remotely operated vehicle, experts of the emergency Department have the opportunity to examine underwater objects at depths up to 300 meters. With it being maintenance of diving descents when carrying out underwater technical works in difficult conditions”, – said in the MOE.
About the helicopter crash near the Norwegian settlement of Barentsburg on Svalbard reported on 26 October the Norwegian rescue center. The helicopter fell to 2-3 km from the shore.
The press service of the Ministry of energy has informed “Interfax” that on Board crashed near the island of Svalbard helicopter Mi-8 there were three officials of the research Institute of the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as five crew members. According to the Ministry, traces of the aircraft were found.