Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Russian weather stalls Beluga whale rescue operation

MOSCOW (AFP) - More than 100 Beluga whales remain trapped between ice floes in the Chukotka region of Russia's Far East as bad weather hampers the rescue operation, the emergencies ministry said on Tuesday.

'The weather still prevents a vessel sent to the scene from approaching the zone where the Belugas are trapped,' a spokesman of the ministry's Chukotka branch told AFP by telephone.

'We cannot say right now when the rescue operation could start,' he added.

Officials said last week that more than 100 Beluga whales became trapped by ice floes 15km south of the village of Yanrakynnot on the Bering Sea.


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