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Russian Trawler is Sinking: More Than 50 People Dead


04/02/2015 - 16:46



Large stand-alone freezer trawler Dalny Vostok was wrecked in the Sea of Okhotsk, according to preliminary data, on board were 132 crew members.



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The ship sank in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk in the 300 kilometers from Magadan on Thursday night. Of the 132 people on board, at least 54 people are dead.

Anglers call this type of ship "uterus". Besides fishing bottom and midwater trawls, the boats process frozen fish products, non-food by-catch and fish processing waste for feeding meal and technical fat. They also produce canned fish.

Dalny Vostok was not only a fishing boat but a floating plant and a huge refrigerating. Usually there is many women engaged in fish processing on board of such vessels.

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry published on its website a list of names of people who were on the sunken trawler.

According to the documents, all on board were 78 Russians and 54 foreigners; 42 people of them were from Myanmar, three from Latvia, four were Ukrainians, five from Vanuatu.

Fate of 15 people remains unknown. According to the latest data, state of the seven survivors is serious. The captain and chief mate died.

According to sources in law enforcement, weather conditions could hardly lead to the collapse: the sea state was made up 1.5 points, and visibility - up to 20 kilometers.

- The cause of the accident could be difficult ice conditions," - said the representative of the Kamchatka’s Ministry of Emergency Situations.

However, according to the representative of the government of Kamchatka, violation of safety in the management of the fishery could result in the state of emergency.

Russia. April 2nd. Large stand-alone freezer trawler (BATM) "Far East", which until 2014 was called STENDE and was assigned to the Port of Riga. Trawler "Far East" was wrecked in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, according to preliminary data, on board were 132 crew members.

Large stand-alone freezer trawler "Far East" sank in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk in the 300 kilometers from Magadan on Thursday night. Of the 132 people on board more than 50 people were killed.

Court fishermen call this type of "uterus". Besides fishing bottom and midwater trawls, boat processed in frozen fish products, processed non-food by-catch and fish processing waste for feeding meal and technical fat. Produce canned fish.
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BMRT not only fishing boat is a floating plant and a huge refrigerating. Usually on board such vessels is a lot of women. They are engaged in fish processing.

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry published on its website a list of names of people who were on the sunken trawler.

According to the documents, all on board were 78 Russians and 54 alien of them from Myanmar - 42 people, three - from Latvia, four - Ukrainians, five - from Vanuatu.

"To collect and analyze information received. Collaborate with Kamchatka Maritime Rescue Coordination sub-center of Ministry of Transport of Russia", - the rescuers.

Remains unknown fate of 15 people. According to the latest state of the seven survivors is serious. The captain and chief mate died.

Information that sank in the Sea of ​​Okhotsk Russian trawler "Far East" (Port of Registry - Nevelsk (Sakhalin), was admitted to 23.39 MSK environment.

According to sources in law enforcement, weather conditions could hardly lead to the collapse: the sea state is made up 1.5 points, and visibility - up to 20 kilometers.

"The cause of the accident could be difficult ice conditions," - said the representative of the Kamchatka Emergency Situations Ministry.

According to the representative of the government of Kamchatka, to the state of emergency could result in violation of safety in the management of the fishery.

After the collapse of water four rafts with people on board were found. They were lifted on to passing boats. 54 dead bodies of crew members and another 63 survivors were found and got on board. According to a source in the emergency structures of the region, there are almost no chances for them who may stay in the cold water.

The water temperature in the vicinity of the crash is about zero degrees of celsius.

Hydro suits allows to survive in icy water up to 15-20 minutes, - a spokesman said.

The trawler was no insured. According to officials, lack of insurance is explained by difficult relationship between shipowners and Russian insurance companies. He noted that ship owners are experiencing persistent difficulties in obtaining insurance compensation in case of damage to ships.

They also said that lack of insurance of the vessel is not grounds for a ban on swimming as mandatory insurance is only available for crewmembers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to provide the necessary assistance, including financial, to families of the victims and the dead sailors in the Okhotsk Sea, the president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

- President has already given the necessary instructions to the Minister of Emergency Situations, Governor of the Magadan region and Sakhalin region to create all necessary conditions for the treatment and care of all the victims, which will be delivered to hospitals in the concerned areas, - he added.

In addition, according to Peskov, President instructed to provide material assistance.

- It is also tasked to exploring the question of providing the necessary financial assistance to families of victims of the dead sailors, - said the spokesman.

source: Reuters




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