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Russian fishing schooner sank in the Tatar Strait

18.11.2002 | Source:

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The Russian Emergencies Ministry reported that on Monday afternoon in the Tatar Strait (the sea of Okhotsk), 180 km from the city of Holmsk, a Russian fishing schooner "Ivan Kasatkin" sank.

According to the preliminary information, the dry-cargo ship "Komsomolets Primorsky" which arrived at the site of the accident discovered 6 crew members out of 17 who managed to get onto a life raft.

Other 11 sailors also managed to get onto another raft. But the dry-cargo ship failed to discover that life raft.

According to the representative of the Emergencies Ministry, the search and rescue operations are complicated by adverse weather conditions: waves at sea reach the height of three meters, strong wind is blowing (up to 20 meters per second).

The situation is being aggravated by the fact that the dry-cargo ship's boards "are very high, up to 6 meters" and under such rough sea conditions it is not possible to raise the sailors in distress on board the ship.

According to the information from the Emergencies Ministry, the dry-cargo ship crew members are constantly monitoring people on the raft. They are looking for opportunities to save the sailors in distress

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