Two members of a Russian family who were on holiday in Sri Lanka and staying at a Negombo hotel had got into difficulty when swimming in the sea off Ethukal. They had been reportedly warned by hotel lifeguards not to venture far out because during this season the seas are usually rough.
The victims were identified as Andrew Zhurakovskig (54) and Anna Kochmizova (28). The lifeguards had managed to bring them ashore and after providing first aid had rushed them to the Negombo Hospital. But they died on admission, Police said.
Their bodies are at the Negombo Hospital.
Andrew Zhurakovskig, Age (54)
Александров Низамов Sunday, 19 August 2012 11:00 AM
Как это ни печально узнать, что случилось с моим землякам в глупое Шри-Ланке. Шри-Ланка ужасное место.
Александров Низамов Санкт-Петербург Россия
Moda Jokiya Sunday, 19 August 2012 11:49 AM
What were the lifeguards were doing - eating rolls and sipping a plain tea is it ?
Senna Sunday, 19 August 2012 12:03 PM
This is mere carelessness from the Hotel Management and the life guards. If the danger is seen , they should have stopped those people going into the sea. They are responsible for the valuable lives of these tourists. They come out with all their silly explanations after the damaged is done. No backbone or real understanding of human values of these so called Hotel management. We are so sorry for this human tragedy whch was able to avoid.
NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Sunday, 19 August 2012 12:48 PM
03 russian with in 03 months.
Abilashan Monday, 20 August 2012 03:36 AM
They were said not to go, but they did, you cant yell these ppl for that........
Vish W Monday, 20 August 2012 05:08 AM
Within a span of about 10 days this is the third such death of a Russian national.Again as was in the first incident a few days ago WAS THE "WARNING" NOT TO VENTURE OUT TO THE SEA COMMUNICATED IN RUSSIAN LANGUAGE??The "warning" given by lifeguards may not have been understood at all.The Tourism Authority should take initiativ in broadbasing such communication.
Wild Monday, 20 August 2012 05:28 AM
PLAYING RUSSIAN ROULETTE !!!
Manjula Seneviratne Monday, 20 August 2012 05:34 AM
Hi Senna, Understood your concern and really sad about the lost lives but no point of blaming Hotel management or Life Guards because once they have told repeatedly victims should listen to them and understand the risk they cannot hold the matured people like babies or small kids. Every person who is going to deal with sea they all should understand the risk even though they are good swimmers. If you have personal concern about hotel deal with them personally rather than shouting in public without knowing real situation. This is only exposing your education level to the public.
Dinesh Monday, 20 August 2012 09:23 AM
I was 3 hotels away and witnessed the latter part of this incident of these tourists being rescued. What I witnessed: The sea looked terrible and no one else was in the sea but these 3 tourists. The hotel I was at, had red flags marked out but not the hotel these tourists were staying at and their beach front. I believe they were rescued by lifeguards from surrounding hotels who had to run quite a distance to a distress call which added to the delay.
Monkey Joe Monday, 20 August 2012 10:11 AM
Is Russia too giving a SL travel warning ?
KP Tuesday, 21 August 2012 08:01 AM
Most of Russians who is traveling to Sri Lanka do not speak English, may be they did not understand the warnings from hotel management.
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