On the island, novice sacrificed his life to save the man

The Valaam Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy monastery

Novice of the Valaam monastery drowned when trying to save work.

The evening of 10 November 2018 novice of the Valaam Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy monastery, Andrei (Strokin) drowned while attempting to save a worker from Arkhangelsk carpenter brigade, said the Abbot of the monastery Bishop Trinity Pankraty in Facebook.

“Their bodies was found today. Both name was Andrei. Mourn their untimely demise and offer condolences to the family. God rest their souls in the tabernacles of the righteous…,” wrote the Abbot of the monastery.

According to Bishop pancratius, the tragedy happened 20 metres from the shore. The novice came out, but returned into the water to rescue a worker who could not swim held on to the upturned boat.

In a press-service GU Ministry of emergency situations of Russia in Karelia reported that the search operation also involved representatives of the Valaam monastery, according to TASS. Strong wind and big waves on lake Ladoga complicated searches.

“”No greater love than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (Jn.15:13) – said the Lord, and the novice Andrew sacrificed himself for the salvation of the neighbor, for that the Lord of all blessings but will give him the benefit of the eternal and heavenly”, – commented on the incident on the website of the Valaam monastery.

In the summer of 2018 Valaam Transfiguration monastery adopted family died in a fire in TTS “the Winter cherry” in the Valaam monastery.


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