The camper was attacked and eaten by a bear in a national park in Russia…
42-year-old tourist Yevgeny Starkov was with a group that began to pack their tents when a bear swooped down.
The three campmates watched in horror as their friend was tormented and gnawed by the drooling animal.
They then escaped, walking for seven hours without shoes to raise the alarm.
A 42-year-old tourist, Yevgeny Starkov, was with a group that began packing up their tents when a bear pounced, attacked and ate him in a national park in Russia.
Investigators cannot reach the scene of the incident by helicopter due to bad weather in the Ergaki Natural Park in the Krasnoyarsk Territory of Siberia.
Anton Shchelkunov, 42, recounted the horrific attack at 6 a.m. when a bear suddenly appeared just 20 feet away.
“We started packing our backpacks,” he said.
“There were two tents, and I turned my head to the left and saw a bear sticking out its head, huge, from whose mouth saliva was dripping.
Investigators cannot reach the scene of the incident by helicopter due to bad weather in the Ergaki Natural Park in the Krasnoyarsk Territory of Siberia (pictured: photo from the archive).
“The bear roared and rushed at us.”
He and his friends Yevgeny Dobrorodny, 33 years old, and Pavel Zhemchugov, 32 years old, in horror fled from the scene and hid in a hollow.
But Starkov, a tourist from Moscow, was caught.
Evgeny Dobrorodny (left), 33 years old, and Pavel Zhemchugov (right), 32 years old, in horror fled from the scene and disappeared into a hollow.
“I looked around, the bear was chasing us,” he said.
“We climbed about 50 meters (165 feet) and saw the spot where our tents were collected.
“We saw the body (of Starkov) and a bear standing there.
“She tore apart his body, gnawed at him.
“Then he got distracted, began to look at us, and we climbed higher.”
Anton Shchelkunov, 42, spoke of the horrific attack at 6 a.m. when a bear suddenly appeared just 20 feet away (pictured: Starkov’s victim).
They looked down at the Aradan Range and decided that the only way out was to walk barefoot for about seven hours to safety and raise the alarm.
Park Director Igor Gryazin confirmed: “While assembling the tent, they found a bear …
“They all ran in different directions, and one of them …
“The bear had a fatal accident.”
After the tragedy, the park in the Sayan Mountains was closed to most visitors.
The park in Sayany was closed to most visitors after the tragedy, which prevented rescuers and investigators from reaching the scene by helicopter.
Yulia Arbuzova, a spokeswoman for the Investigative Committee of Russia, said: “The tourists themselves reported the attack.
“The body has not been found yet.
“This is a very hard-to-reach area.”
As the zootechnician Sergei Gushchin said: “Their trip took place in hard-to-reach places in the area of the Nine Lakes of the Aradan Range.”
Due to the pouring rain, rescuers and investigators were unable to reach the scene.
The bear may have been attracted by the holidaymakers’ food, he said.