None of the 54 sailors who went missing after the South Korean fishing trawler Oriong-501 sank in the Bering sea off the coast of Chukotka have been found, Artur Rets, head of the Petropavlosk-Kamchatsky port's sea coordination and rescue center, has said.
"The search operation is underway. However, it is already dark in the area, where a storm with waves reaching six meters is going on. This complicates the search," Rets told Interfax.
Rets said the search operation involves four Russian fishing vessels (the Karolina-77, whose captain has been appointed coordinator of the operation, the Zaliv Zabiyaka, the Pelageal, and the Astronom).
According to earlier reports, the South Korean fishing trawler Oriong-501 sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Chukotka. Information that the vessel was in distress arrived around 5:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. Moscow time), when the Oriong-501's emergency buoy activated. The South Korean vessel did not send an SOS signal. It turned out that sea water had started to come into the vessel when the train net was being withdrawn, quickly filling the trawler. The trawler sank at 5:30 p.m. local time (8:30 a.m. Moscow time). The vessel had been carrying 62 crewmembers. Almost all of them were citizens of South Korea and Indonesia.
Five people (four Indonesians and one Russian citizen, a fishing inspector), were taken aboard the Karolina-77. The body of one South Korean fisherman, who is believed to have died of hypothermia, was also brought aboard the vessel. Another two people, citizens of Indonesia, were taken aboard the Russian vessel Zaliv Zabiyaka. The other 54 crewmembers are currently missing.
The wind speed in the area now reaches 25-27 m/s. The wave height is 5-6 meters.
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