Two people died and three others were missing after a group of snowmobiles was caught in an avalanche on the Russian Pacific peninsula of Kamchatka today.
A duty officer with the regional Emergency Situations Ministry said about 10 snowmobiles were riding near a volcano about 35 miles south of the regional capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, when the avalanche hit around 10am (8am Irish time).
Rescuers recovered the bodies of two and one other person was taken to hospital while a search continued for the missing.
It was unclear whether the snowmobiles triggered the avalanche, but the region surrounding the Viluychinsky volcano has frequent avalanches.
Kamchatka is located about 4,200 miles east of Moscow.