KYZYL, March 9 (RIA Novosti) – Rescuers have recovered the body of the sixth missing teenager at the site of an avalanche in Russia's East Siberian republic of Tyva, where a mourning has been declared for the victims.
The head of the republic, Sholban Kara-ool, declared a one-day mourning on Saturday for the six teenagers, who were killed in an avalanche last week.
The avalanche occurred on a remote mountain slope six kilometers (four miles) from the village of Mugur-Aksy in the republic’s Mongun-Taiginsky distinct on March 3.
Seven boys were planning to plant flags at the top of the mountain - a custom that is believed to bring luck.
One of them, Anton Salchak, 17, a junior European kickboxing champion, managed to escape the snow trap and alerted the regional authorities to the incident.
Five bodies were retracted from under the snow on Wednesday and the search for the last missing teenager continued.