Siberian ‘forest boy’ found after 16 years in wilderness

Updated 10 September 2013
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Siberian ‘forest boy’ found after 16 years in wilderness

MOSCOW: Russian authorities have found a young man living alone in a Siberian forest after having apparently spent most of his life living there in a hut with his parents, local officials said Tuesday.
Locals near the town of Belokurikha found the man, who told the local prosecutor that he was born in 1993 and had lived in the forest since 1997, when his family decided to leave society.
But his parents left him alone in the hut in May before he finally went to a nearby village to ask for help when the summer ended, the authorities said.
The local prosecutor’s office, alarmed that the man may have to spend the Siberian winter in a forest by himself, appealed in court to have his identification documents reestablished so that he can seek seek state support, prosecutor Roman Fomin told AFP.
“I am not sure if he needs all this attention,” he said. “He looked normal and healthy, he only spoke slowly, since he doesn’t communicate as often as most people.”
He said that the man’s family went to live in the wild as a conscious decision, but apparently not out of religious reasons. “They are not religious people,” he said.
“He was just afraid that he won’t survive the winter without his parents,” Fomin said. “But maybe they have already come back.”
Fomin said that a local woman had brought the young man to the prosecutors out of fear that he may need help through the cold winter, but the man then had gone back to his hiding place in the forest.
The Russian media are variously calling him “forest boy” or the “Siberian Mowgli,” after the main character in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.”
Belokurikha is a well-known resort area in Russia’s picturesque Altai region in south Siberia, known for mineral springs, health spas, and skiing.


’Lava bomb’ from Hawaii volcano injures 23 on boat

Updated 17 July 2018
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’Lava bomb’ from Hawaii volcano injures 23 on boat

  • Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanos and one of five on the island
  • The eruption has destroyed hundreds of homes since it began on May 3

LOS ANGELES: A projectile from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii struck a boat carrying people watching lava from the two-month-old eruption, injuring 23, the fire department said.
Thirteen of them required hospitalization and the rest were treated at a harbor when the boat engaged in a “lava tour” returned to the Big Island, also known as Hawaii.
Lava flowing into the Pacific is a spectacular sight, producing a foggy haze known in Hawaii as “laze.”
One woman was in serious condition with a fractured femur.
The total number of people on the boat was not immediately known, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.
In the early morning incident a “lava bomb” punctured the roof of the boat and damaged a railing, the department said. It gave no further details.
“It was an explosion, basically,” said Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for the county mayor, told the Tribune Herald newspaper. “It punctured a hole right through the roof of the boat.”
She described the boat as “covered with lava.”
The eruption has destroyed hundreds of homes since it began on May 3.
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanos and one of five on the island.
One of the most active fissures, number 8, continues to erupt and its lava has formed a small “island” a few meters from the coast, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
It is very likely that it is part of the flow of fissure 8 that is entering the ocean, the USGS says.
Lava has engulfed an area of about eight square miles (20 square kilometers) since the volcano began erupting.
Scientists believe that volcanic activity can be a precursor to a major eruption, similar to a Kilauea eruption in the mid-1920s.