Russian Trawler Sinks off Kamchatka, 54 Dead


A Russian trawler has sunk off the Kamchatka peninsula, with 54 sailors so far confirmed dead. Sixty-three people have already been rescued, many suffering from hypothermia, according to officials in Russia’s Far East, but 15 are reported missing. BBC reports:

The Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler had 132 people on board when it sank. Seventy-eight of those on board were Russian and 42 were from Myanmar. The remainder were from Vanuatu, Latvia and Ukraine. The Dalniy Vostok went down in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement, at around 06:30 local time (20:30 GMT Wednesday).

The captain was reported to be among the dead. “The rescue operation is going on, we are still looking for 15 people,” Viktor Klepikov, coordinating captain of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky maritime rescue coordination centre, told Reuters news agency.

A captain of one of the 26 rescue ships taking part in the search said weather conditions were poor when the trawler went down, with snow, wind and waves of up to three metres (10ft) high. The water temperature was around freezing (32F).

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