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Workers at a Siberian shipyard endure harsh subzero temperatures to continue their work.

In the snow-covered shipyard of Yakutsk, workers brave subzero temperatures to perform the demanding task of ‘vymorozka,’ or ‘freezing out,’ on ships in need of repair. This tedious work can take weeks to complete, with temperatures plummeting as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (-58 F). Despite being named one of the hardest jobs in the world by locals, these workers see it differently.

According to 48-year-old worker Mikhail Klus, dressing appropriately and adjusting to the extreme conditions make the job bearable. He even likens the feeling of taking off his cold-weather gear and entering a heated building to being in a sauna. Performing ‘vymorozka’ requires precision and skill as the workers must be cautious not to cut through the ice too quickly and risk the carved dugout sinking into the water below. The colder weather results in smoother ice and better working conditions but can take a toll on some workers.

Twenty-two-year-old Artyom Kovalec admits that at times, the extreme cold can lead to negative emotions and a desire to go home, eat, and relax, but he emphasizes the need to push through and maintain composure. These workers are dedicated to their job despite the harsh conditions they face every day.

By Editor

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