KHABAROVSK, December 19 (Itar-Tass) —— Aircraft joined the search-and-rescue operation together with the vessels for missing crewmen from the Kolskaya oilrig, which sank in the Sea of Okhotsk.
A Mi-8 helicopter, which arrived on Sakhalin from Khabarovsk on Sunday evening, joined the search operation. An airplane An-74 for the Far Eastern air rescue centre departed from Khabarovsk to the search area on Monday morning, a press officer from the Far Eastern regional emergency situation centre Yekaterina Potvorova told Itar-Tass on Monday. The airplane will go on a search mission over the sea.
According to the latest reports, the Magadan icebreaker and the Neftegaz-55 tugboat rescued 14 crewmen from the sunken oilrig Kolskaya. Some 67 crewmen were staying onboard the oilrig. The fate of most of them is unclear.
The rescue operation is complicated by a strong storm with the waves 5 metres high.
Psychologists from the Far Eastern branch of the urgent psychological aid centre arrived to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from Khabarovsk to give psychological consultations to the relatives and injured oilrig crewmen.