The bodies of 16 Myanmar sailors killed in the wreck of the Dalny Vostok trawler were sent to the home country from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk by charter flight on Wednesday night, Russian Foreign Ministry representative to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Vladimir Nosov told Interfax.
"A charter flight of a South Korean airline departed from the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport at 6:35 p.m. local time for Naypyidaw, the capital city of Myanmar. It will repatriate the bodies of 16 citizens," Nosov said.
The transportation of bodies of three Vanuatu citizens is being considered. The same charter flight could not take the bodies aboard because of the complex route.
"We wanted the bodies to be taken to the South Korean port of Busan and, farther on, to Vanuatu by sea. But the route was rejected as extremely complicated and lengthy. We have several options in mind, but the bodies will have to be transported home via Australia anyway. So, the Russian Embassy in Australia has joined the effort. Together with the Embassy, the government of the Sakhalin region and the ship owner, we are searching for the best and fastest way of transportation of the sailor bodies," Nosov said.
The transportation of the bodies of Vanuatu citizens has been planned for the next few days, probably, next weekend, he said.
Two Vanuatu survivors of the Dalny Vostok wreck in the Sea of Okhotsk took a scheduled flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk on Wednesday morning.
Two citizens of Latvia and 22 of Myanmar who survived the crash returned to their home countries last weekend.
The body of a deceased Latvian citizen was sent to Riga on Saturday.
Another four citizens of Myanmar remain on the missing list.
The Dalny Vostok freezer trawler, home port Nevelsk, owned by LLC Magellan, sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 300 kilometers south of Magadan in the small morning hours of April 2 with 132 people aboard. Sixty-three sailors were rescued, 57 bodies were found in the water, twelve remained missing, and five were declared dead.
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