A search for 13 sailors who remain unaccounted for following the sinking of the Dalny Vostok freezer trawler off the Kamchatka peninsula has been suspended until the morning.
"The vigorous search operation will continue at around 7:00 a.m. local time on Friday. At the same time, a rescue operation continues to evacuate the survivors to Sakhalin's vessel Andromeda," Artur Rets, director of the maritime coordination rescue center of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky sea port administration, told Interfax on Thursday.
Ten sailors, who have been hurt the most seriously, are expected to leave the Andromeda on an Emergency Situations Ministry's Mi-8 helicopter, which is now in Magadan.
The trawler Dalny Vostok, which is registered in the Sakhalin port of Nevelsk, sank in the Sea of Okhotsk 200 miles south of Magadan in the early hours of Thursday. The vessel did not give a SOS signal. The vessel was carrying 132 people. According to the most recent information, 63 sailors have been rescued, 56 have died, and 13 are missing.
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