Russian Emergency Minister, Yevgeny Zinichev, 55, who was in the Arctic to oversee large-scale drills and visited the construction site of a new fire station in Norilsk, as well as a search-and-rescue team in the area, reportedly died during training exercises in the Arctic city of Norilsk on Wednesday while attempting to save a person’s life.
Margarita Simonyan, chief editor of the state-funded RT news broadcaster, said Zinichev died while rescuing a cameraman who slipped and fell into the water.
“There were plenty of witnesses, but no one even had time to figure out what happened as Zinichev jumped into the water after the fallen man and landed on a protruding stone,” Simonyan tweeted.
Zinichev had headed the Emergency Situations Ministry since 2018.
His predecessor stepped down not long after a major fire in a shopping centre in Siberia killed more than 60 people, sending shockwaves throughout the country.