A three-year-old boy survived a frosty night, having found himself alone in taiga a few kilometers away from a sparsely inhabited community in Russia’s Khabarovsk Region after his father’s tragic death, a source in the administration of the Komsomolsky District’s Kenai village informed TASS on Monday.
According to the source, a local man, having taken his son from a day-care center, went to the river with him in order to check out the road for an upcoming fishing trip. When they were about 3 kilometers away from the settlement, the man left the child ashore and drove on the ice, which collapsed under his snowmobile.
The boy explained that his father, in uttering his last words, told him to get back to the village.
“The kid went to the road following the snowmobile’s track. The village’s residents who arrived at the scene later found his footprints,” staff member of the township administration Gulnara Kanatvseva said.
According to Kanavtseva, after reaching the road, the boy went in the opposite direction of the village. Meanwhile, the temperatures dropped as low as minus 30-35 degrees Celsius.
“By sheer luck, a local man was returning home from a wood cutting company along the road where there are practically no cars, with the exception of occasional timber trucks. He picked up the boy who was brought home,” she said.
By the time he was found, the boy had covered a distance of approximately three kilometers. The next day, he ran a high temperature and is now receiving treatment at home.
According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry’s Main Directorate in the Khabarovsk Region, rescuers are currently looking for the body of the man who fell through the ice.