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George P. Panteleyev G

George P. Panteleyev G, a graduate student in the MITWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography and Oceanographic Engineering, was lost overboard June 8 during a research trip on the Ob River in Siberia. He is presumed dead.

Details of the accident were sketchy and unclear, according to a WHOI announcement. According to information from Russia, the accident occurred in the early morning hours, a few days after the start of the cruise. The ship searched for Panteleyev for about five hours. A preliminary investigation was conducted by local officials in the remote region.

Panteleyev was serving as chief scientist on the cruise, which was collecting data to assess radioactive contamination in the Ob River system, which empties into the Arctic Ocean.

A similar cruise was conducted by Panteleyev and Stephen Smith of WHOI's Marine Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry, with Russian collaborators, in the summer of 1994.

Born in Moscow in 1966, Panteleyev entered the MITWHOI Joint Graduate Program in June 1991. He and his wife Natalia Y. Beliakova G, also a WHOI student, lived in Westgate.