Boats with children overturn in storm in Russia, killing 14

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At least 13 children and their adult instructor have died in a storm while boating on a lake in Russia’s northwestern region of Karelia, officials said Sunday, AP reports.

Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the nation’s main state investigative agency, said several boats with children overturned Saturday in a storm in Syamozero, 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of the border with Finland.

Of 47 children and four adult instructors in the boats, 13 children and one adult have died, Markin said.

Markin said three people have been detained on suspicions of violating safety rules: two instructors and a deputy director of a hotel where they were staying which reportedly organized the boating.

June 20 has been declared a day of mourning in Karelia.

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