MOSCOW, December 18 (Itar-Tass) —— One of the three rescue ships has reached the site of the Kolskaya oilrig wreck in the Sea of Okhotsk, the Far Eastern regional center of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass.
“The search for the Kolskaya oilrig workers continues in the Sea of Okhotsk. The Smith Sakhalin ship reached the wreck site at 00:10 a.m. Khabarovsk time. The Magadan icebreaker keeps browsing the waters,” he said.
The Georgy Froyer ship will reach the destination at about 9:00 a.m. local time, and the Atlas rescue boat will join it at 10:00 a.m.
Meanwhile, an Ilyushin Il-38 jet of the Pacific Fleet has completed its patrolling mission and returned to the Nikolayevka airport in the Primorye territory.
“A Mil Mi-8 helicopter of the Emergency Situations Ministry will go on a monitoring flight from Khabarovsk in the morning of December 19. More Mi-8 helicopters of the Aviashelf Company may also join the search,” he said.
According to the latest reports, 14 oilrig workers are rescued by the Magadan icebreaker and the Neftegaz-55 towboat. Four empty rescue rafts were found on the accident scene. In all, the oilrig was carrying 67 people at the accident moment.
Four were taken to the Nogliki central district hospital.