Russian rescuers jointly with Norwegian colleagues will start searching for the Russian Mi-8 helicopter, which went missing near the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, on Sunday morning, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
LONGYEARBYEN (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Il-76 aircraft of the Russian Emergencies Ministry with rescuers and necessary equipment landed in Norway’s Svalbard airport to assist in looking for the Russian Mi-8 helicopter that went missing on Thursday with eight people on board not far from Barentsburg, the second-largest settlement on the Svalbard.
The aircraft also delivered the necessary Russia-made high-tech equipment, including a small-sized remote-controlled underwater vehicle of a small class Falcon designed for search operations in coastal sea or inland waters at depths of up to 3,200 feet. The rescuers are equipped with compressor equipment, motor boats of a unique class, diving equipment and equipment necessary for inspection of underwater objects.
At the dawn Russian divers from the Centrospas search and rescue team will go to sea on board a Norway’s vessel, while the rest of the Russian rescue team will be conducting search operations ashore. Such a decision was made during a joint meeting of the Russian rescuers and their Norwegian colleagues, the correspondent said.
Meantime, representatives of the Norwegian rescue service reported that by now a search area for the missing helicopter has been determined.
“Search operations were launched immediately. Two rescue helicopters, a service ship of the Norwegian rescue service, two Norwegian coast guard ships were used,” a spokesperson for the Norwegian rescue service said.