Search for missing sailors continues for sixth day in Sea of Okhotsk

The search for 13 missing crewmembers of the sunken Dalny Vostok trawler continues in the Sea of Okhotsk, a spokesman for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Kamchatka territorial department told Interfax on Tuesday.

The search for 13 missing crewmembers of the sunken Dalny Vostok trawler continues in the Sea of Okhotsk, a spokesman for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Kamchatka territorial department told Interfax on Tuesday.

"Fishing vessels operating in the wreck area are assisting the search conducted by MV Mlechny Put, which belongs to LLC Magellan the same as the sunken Dalny Vostok," he said.

A Beriyev Be-200 aircraft will go on reconnoitering mission from Magadan on Tuesday.

Some 6,800 square kilometers of waters were examined on Monday, including 945 square kilometers by ships and 5,855 square kilometers by aircraft, the ministry said. The total searched area exceeds 36,000 square kilometers, including more than 13,700 square kilometers examined by ships and about 22,500 square kilometers examined by aircraft.

The search-and-rescue effort employs about 1,800 men and 110 machines, among them 302 men and 68 machines assigned by the Emergency Situations Ministry.

The Dalny Vostok trawler, home port in Sakhalin Nevelsk, owned by LLC Magellan, sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 300 kilometers (200 miles) south of Magadan, in the small hours of April 2 with 132 people onboard. Sixty-three sailors were rescued, and 56 died in the wreck. Thirteen went missing.

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