More rescuers join search for crew from missing Russian ship

Two Mil Mi-28 helicopters carrying rescuers and deep-sea divers have taken off from Khabarovsk and are heading to the site where the bulk carrier MV Amurskaya sank in the Sea of Okhotsk in October, a local emergency service spokesman told Interfax.

"Two groups of rescuers, eight deep-sea divers and investigators are on board the helicopters. They will search for the crew members from the sunken MV Amurskaya," he said.

An emergency beacon from the bulk freighter MV Amurskaya sent a distress signal on the afternoon of October 28 after the ship had departed from the Kiran River estuary in the Tuguro-Chumikansk district, towards Feklistov Island, one of the Shantar Islands in the Sea of Okhotsk. It was carrying 700 tonnes of gold ore to Okhotsk. According to the latest reports, the ship was manned by nine sailors.

Divers found the dry cargo ship Amurskaya lying on its portside on the floor of the Sea of Okhotsk on Wednesday.

Rescuers have suggested that the crew might have survived because there were no rescue rafts on the vessel's starboard.

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