Four bodies 'pulled from Moscow sewer' after tour group vanishes

The bodies of four people – including three teenagers – have reportedly been pulled out of a sewer in Moscow, Russia, after a tour group vanished.

On Sunday afternoon, the body of a 15-year-old was recovered from a sewer that flows into the Moscow River near the Moskvoretskaya Embankment.

In the early hours today local time, the body of a 17-year-old digger was found in the same location, insiders said to Channel Five and REN-TV.

Rescuers struggled to remove the boy’s body near the Kitay-Gorod neighbourhood and had to use special equipment to do so.

The body of a third person, a 15-year-old schoolgirl, was also found in the Neglinka sewer near Varvarka Street, per the Baza Telegram channel.

An emergency service source told the state-owned RIA Novosti news agency that a fourth body, a second male digger, has now been rescued.

‘At 5:35am, near the Paveletsky railway station, a man’s body was pulled out of the [sewer],’ the source said.

Their age or identity has not been disclosed.

Some 24 people are believed to have signed up for a tour of the capital city’s sewer network only for intense rainfall to lead to a string of cancellations, city emergency services say.

At least five people showed up for the tour on Sunday morning, a spokesperson said. (Rescuers are ‘looking for the rest’ of the tour-goers, they added, though some reports put the number of missing people as high as eight.)

The three teenagers had allegedly gone on the tour with their uncle, an IT worker, only to become trapped by the intense rainfall.

The powerful thunderstorms over Moscow saw a third of the region’s monthly rainfall, about 44mm, fall in a single day, weather services said.

Tour organisers have cancelled all future excursions as investigators identify the bodies, the emergency incidents Telegram channel, 112, said.

The channel reported that the tour costs 9,000 rubles (£75) and sees excursionists given safety equipment and a torch.

A criminal case has been opened amid fears the tour service does not comply with health and safety standards.

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