Eight tourists who were touring Moscow’s sewers are feared to have drowned after torrential rain flooded the underground sewers.
After four bodies were discovered in the Moskva, a desperate search is made for the remaining tourists.
The group was touring Soviet-era underground sewers in Moscow when heavy rains flooded the tunnels.
31-year-old special guide Konstantin Filipov had been leading the group when the water began to rise.
Filipov reportedly sent a desperate message for help just before the flooding cut off communications with the group underground.
He texted: “F*** it’s raining. Can I go to Trubnaya?”
A total of eight people are known to have been involved in the sewer tour, but officials fear there could be more.
The group included IT-PR chief Dmitry Markushkin (47), as well as his daughter Elizaveta (15), her relative Gleb Lagashin (17) and his girlfriend Vila (15).
The £75 tour takes the group through the secret labyrinths beneath Moscow, with one important rule: no tours in the rain.
Another tour guide said: “Why the main rule was broken I don’t know.”
“I also don’t know if the Führer himself survived – no one can contact him. It also raises the question of why minors were allowed to take part in the tour. In general, tours do not accept anyone under the age of 18.”
Two dozen were said to have signed on for the underground tour, and Telegram channel Baza said it didn’t know how many actually attended.
Baza said, “It’s possible that there were actually two groups of 12 people, not counting guides.”
The cavernous Moscow sewers – manyfrom the Soviet era – have long fascinated Russian history buffs.
Some of the canals pass under secret locations in Moscow, raising concerns that tour victims may have been washed away there.
Special permission may be required to search the secret locations where the victims may be.
Relatives were asked to identify the bodies of those found after the tragedy.
Underground Exploration Site Urbex Underground explained how dangerous traveling canals can be.
They said, “If there’s a sudden storm, flood, or hydrant burst, that single drain can fill up with an extremely aggressive flow in a matter of minutes.”
“Even a small, ankle-deep current is enough to knock someone off their feet and literally drag them down the drain. His flashlight fails, he hits his head, he panics and gets carried away by the darkness.”