He clarified that the weather at the time of the ascent deteriorated sharply, a storm began. 

“They decided to split the group into three platoons - those who walk faster and those who are slower.

As we descended, two more people died in one of the groups.

But the decision to split up was correct, otherwise there could have been more victims, ”TASS quoted Alimov as saying.

The organizer stated that four professional climbers accompanied the group.

Earlier it was reported that the number of dead climbers from the group that requested assistance in climbing Elbrus reached five. 

Rescuers managed to evacuate 14 victims.