Russian trawler sinks off Kamchatka with 43 dead – BBC News

Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2015
Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler, file picture

The trawler sank within 15 minutes

A Russian trawler has sunk off the Kamchatka peninsula, with 43 sailors so far confirmed dead.

Sixty-three people have been rescued, many suffering from hypothermia, according to a maritime rescue centre in Russia’s Far East.

The Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler had 132 people on board when it sank.

Seventy-eight of the crew are Russian, with the remainder coming from countries including Latvia, Ukraine, Myanmar and Vanuatu.

The Dalniy Vostok went down in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement.

Drifting ice may have holed the vessel, according to Russian emergency services.

Water flooded the engine compartment and the trawler then sank within 15 minutes, a local branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said.

Some two dozen ships are involved in searching for remaining survivors in freezing waters around zero degrees C (32degF).


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