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Fishermen flee for the their lives as 2,000-tonne icebreaker bears down on them near St Petersburg 

This is the terrifying moment a group of fishermen fled for their lives when a giant Russian icebreaker almost mowed them down on the frozen sea.

The anglers were fishing through ice holes in the Gulf of Finland when the hulking Kaptain Plakhin icebreaker weighing 2,240 tonnes headed straight for them near St Petersburg.

They got away just in time.

The vessel was smashing the thick ice to ensure winter navigation close to St Petersburg

The anglers were fishing through ice holes in the Gulf of Finland when the hulking Kaptain Plakhin icebreaker weighing 2,240 tonnes headed straight for them near St Petersburg

This is the terrifying moment a group of fishermen fled for their lives when a giant Russian icebreaker almost mowed them down on the frozen sea. Luckily, they got away in time

The vessel was smashing the thick ice to ensure winter navigation close to tsarist capital St Petersburg.

But the location near the city's Marine Station is a favourite local fishing spot - and the ship's captain appeared to give scant attention to dozens of ice anglers.

The anglers were forced to reel in their lines and pack up their possessions then rush to the shore before the ice broke and they were tipped into the freezing water.

Some struggled to move away in time. 

The anglers were fishing through ice holes in the Gulf of Finland when the hulking Kaptain Plakhin icebreaker weighing 2,240 tonnes headed straight for them near St Petersburg

The anglers were forced to reel in their lines and pack up their possessions then rush to the shore before the ice broke and they were tipped into the freezing water

One protester said of the captain : 'Is he completely mad?

'And if somebody was to stumble, to fall, was he ready to go to jail for that?'

Another complained about the close encounter: 'He's got to be punished, people could have been killed.'

The Finnish-built vessel operated by RosMorPort dates from 1977 and belongs to the Kapitan Chechkin class of icebreakers.

The Finnish-built vessel operated by RosMorPort dates from 1977 and belongs to the Kapitan Chechkin class of icebreakers. It can cut through ice more than three feet thick

It can cut through ice more than three feet thick.

Another video shows that moments before the icebreaker reached the fishing area, a hovercraft had been dispatched to warn the anglers to move.

It was also stressed that fishing on the ice here is illegal.

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