Trawler with international crew of 132 sinks off coast of Russia
Published 02/04/2015 | 06:34
A Russian trawler with an international crew of 132 has sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk off of the Kamchatka Peninsula and at least 54 people have died.
The emergency services in Kamchatka said 63 crew members were rescued and the fate of the remaining 26 is unknown.
The emergency services said more than 25 fishing boats were helping to rescue the crew members of the Dalny Vostok trawler.
No cause for the sinking was given. The Interfax news agency said drifting ice in the chilly Pacific waters may have played a role.
Besides Russia, Interfax said crew members came from Latvia, Ukraine, Burma and Vanuatu.
The Russian emergencies ministry sent an Mi-8 helicopter with rescuers and doctors aboard to deliver medical assistance, and transport rescued crew members to hospitals in the city of Magadan.
It also set up a telephone hotline for families of the crew.