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Rescuers End Search For Survivors At Moscow Pool

Moscow, 15 February 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's Ministry for Emergencies says workers have ended their search for survivors in the wreckage of a collapsed Moscow swimming pool that killed at least 25 people and injured more than 100. Some 17 people are still missing.

The tragedy occurred on 14 February when the waterpark's roof caved in. Prosecutors in Moscow have opened a criminal investigation. State television reports the Turkish builder of the pool, Kocak Insaat, and the architects, Sergei Kisselev and Partners, have had their licences suspended.

Authorities say the collapse could have been caused by a build-up of snow on the roof or a construction defect. About 350 people were reported to have been in the area at the time of the collapse. Many of them rushed out into the street wearing only swimsuits when the roof started to fall.