Man leaves disabled friend stranded on icy river after hovercraft police scare him

Man leaves disabled friend stranded on icy river after hovercraft police scare him
Egor Fokine and his friend went fishing, but caught nothing (Picture: CEN)

Police advised this disabled man to ‘find a better friend’ after he was wheeled out onto an icy river and left there.

Passers-by in St. Petersburg, Russia, called emergency services after they spotted Egor Fokine, 38, and his mate Boris Kovalev, 40, fishing on the River Neva.

Tiny holes had been made in the ice so they could dip their rods into the water.

But Boris bolted when he saw police approach in a hovercraft – leaving his friend stranded.

Pic shows: One moment of the rescue.nnA man in a wheelchair had to be rescued after fishing on thin ice and getting stuck and then being abandoned by his mate.nnPassers-by in St. Petersburg, a city in north-western Russia, called the river police after spotting disabled Egor Fokine, 38, and his hungry pal Boris Kovalev, 40, on the River Neva dipping their rods into little holes they had made in the ice.nnLocal Samson Ozerov, 45, said: "I saw this man wheeling his buddy out to the middle of the river and realised they could be in real danger as the ice is very thin out there.nn"But I was also worried that if they did actually catch anything, then they could be terribly ill as the water here is very polluted."nnWhen river patrol cops arrived they approached the pair in a hovercraft, but were spotted by Kovalev who ran off leaving his wheelchair-bound friend stranded.nnA police spokesman said: "When we reached the man he was trying to wheel himself off, but the ice was too slippery and he couldn¿t go anywhere.nn"We told him he wasn¿t in trouble with us as our job was simply to ensure his safety and explained that the ice was so thin it could easily crack and he would then die.nn"He said he had gone there because they were both unemployed and wanted to catch some fish because it would be cheaper than buying it in the shops.nn"We took him back to shore and advised him to find a better friend."nn(ends)  nn
Rescuers rushed to the scene in a hovercraft (Picture: CEN)

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A police spokesman said: ‘When we reached the man he was trying to wheel himself off, but the ice was too slippery and he couldn’t go anywhere.

‘We told him he wasn’t in trouble with us as our job was simply to ensure his safety and explained that the ice was so thin it could easily crack and he would then die.

‘He said he had gone there because they were both unemployed and wanted to catch some fish because it would be cheaper than buying it in the shops.

‘We took him back to shore and advised him to find a better friend.’

Pic shows: One moment of the rescue.nnA man in a wheelchair had to be rescued after fishing on thin ice and getting stuck and then being abandoned by his mate.nnPassers-by in St. Petersburg, a city in north-western Russia, called the river police after spotting disabled Egor Fokine, 38, and his hungry pal Boris Kovalev, 40, on the River Neva dipping their rods into little holes they had made in the ice.nnLocal Samson Ozerov, 45, said: "I saw this man wheeling his buddy out to the middle of the river and realised they could be in real danger as the ice is very thin out there.nn"But I was also worried that if they did actually catch anything, then they could be terribly ill as the water here is very polluted."nnWhen river patrol cops arrived they approached the pair in a hovercraft, but were spotted by Kovalev who ran off leaving his wheelchair-bound friend stranded.nnA police spokesman said: "When we reached the man he was trying to wheel himself off, but the ice was too slippery and he couldn¿t go anywhere.nn"We told him he wasn¿t in trouble with us as our job was simply to ensure his safety and explained that the ice was so thin it could easily crack and he would then die.nn"He said he had gone there because they were both unemployed and wanted to catch some fish because it would be cheaper than buying it in the shops.nn"We took him back to shore and advised him to find a better friend."nn(ends)  nn
The hovercraft that scared off the fisherman (Picture: CEN)

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10 March 2015 | 9:12 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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