Landslide Hits Beach in Ukraine, Kills 1

KIEV, Ukraine -- A landslide swept down on a beach on Ukraine's Black Sea Tuesday, killing at least one Russian sunbather and burying as many as four other people, emergency officials said.

The landslide, which occurred around noon, sent hundreds of cubic yards of rain-soaked soil onto the beach near Sevastopol, said Dmytro Boguslavskiy, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry.

Ukrainian rescue workers sift through piles of sand at the site of a landslide at a beach near the Black Sea port of Sevastopol

The body of a Russian was pulled from under the soil, and four other people were pulled out alive, said Valentyna Pedos, another spokeswoman for emergency services. A witness told officials that he and others saved themselves by running into the sea, the emergency ministry said in a statement.

Russian news agencies quoted the Russian consulate in Sevastopol as saying the victim was a 16-year-old girl from the southern Volgograd region.

Pedos said emergency officials believed another four people were still buried beneath the mud, based on accounts of those rescued.

She said days of heavy rain were likely to blame for the landslide.

The official also said the isolated beach was supposed to be off-limits to vacationers. Black Sea beaches are popular summer vacation destinations for Ukrainians and Russians.

Also Tuesday, landslides along a stretch of railway on the Black Sea coast in southern Russia derailed 15 cars of an empty freight train, causing delays for thousands of passengers. No injuries were reported.

Source: AP