Boy, 3, who vanished without a trace survived after 48 hours in deadly woods

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A three-year-old boy who vanished without a trace has been found after surviving 48 hours in a forest filled with deadly animals.

Yegor Novolotsky, who went missing from his village, Morozovitsa, Vologda Oblast, in Russia, was last seen on CCTV at 5.40pm on Monday (August 1), as he walked alongside a pack of dogs near a school.

More than 200 police officers, rescue workers and volunteers scoured abandoned buildings, ravines and riverbanks in a massive search operation.

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The following day searchers feared the worst when some of Yegor's belongings were found.

Miraculously though, the youngster was found alive in a forest seven kilometres (four miles) from his village the next day.

A video of his discovery shot by police shows a shirtless tot who gets wrapped in his rescuers' clothing.

Having endured night-time temperatures of no more than 14C (57F), the youngster was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for hypothermia.

Alexander Kuzmin, head of Veliky Ustyug district, thanked all the participants in the of the day and night search, and said doctors and psychologists are now working with Yegor.

In a statement, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for Vologda Oblast said a criminal case an search activities were immediately organised following the disappearance.

It said: "Experienced investigators and forensic specialists from the regional office of the regional department of the Investigative Committee of Russia left for the scene.

"In order to search for the missing boy, the forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, as well as the public and volunteers were involved, special equipment was used.

"During the search activities on the morning of 3rd August, 2022, the missing child was found alive in a forest belt about seven kilometres from the village where he lives.

"Doctors were sent to him to assess his state of health and provide the necessary assistance.

"According to preliminary information, the child has general hypothermia, he was sent to the district hospital for hospitalisation.

"Currently, investigators continue to establish all the circumstances of the boy's movement. The criminal investigation is ongoing."


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