Antarctic Researcher Suffers Emotional Breakdown, Stabs Colleague

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A researcher at a station in Antarctica stabbed his colleague after allegedly suffering an emotional breakdown that caused him to attack his partner.

The stabbing occurred on Oct. 9 at Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen on King George Island, The Associated Press first reported Tuesday, citing Interfax news.

Engineer Sergey Savitsky, 55, stabbed his 52-year-old colleague, Oleg Beloguzov, in the chest, the Mirror reported Wednesday.

The attack resulted from “tensions in a confined space,” according to the AP.

Beloguzov was immediately taken to the closest hospital in Chile and remains in critical condition, according to the Mirror.

Savitsky and Beloguzov had been working and living together for six months at the station prior to the stabbing, Newsweek reported.

Pictured is the Bellingshausen Russian Antarctic research station on King George island. Shutterstock/Alexey Seafarer

Savitsky has admitted that he stabbed his colleague but claimed he did not intend to kill Beloguzov, according to law enforcement officials, the Mirror reported. (RELATED: Airline Employee Stabbed Co-Worker To Death over Dispute)

Beloguzov remains in critical condition.

Pictured is the Bellingshausen Russian Antarctic research station, King George island, Antarctica. Shutterstock/Alexey Seafarer

Savitsky surrendered himself to the station chief before he was taken to St. Petersburg, Russia, to be arrested and questioned in a criminal probe, the Mirror reported. (RELATED: Man With Knife Stabs Nine At Kid’s Birthday Party In Idaho Apartment Complex)

Russian authorities haven’t commented on the attack, according to Reuters.

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