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VLADIVOSTOK, December 19 (Itar-Tass) —— The Atlas rescue vessel from the Sakhalin maritime rescue department joined the search for missing crewmen from the Kolskaya oilrig, which sank in the Sea of Okhotsk. The vessel arrived in the oilrig wreck area and works together with Magadan icebreaker, the Georgy Froyer tanker and the Smith Sakhalin supply vessel. The Kamchatka dry cargo ship Yuri Tarapunov is already approaching the wreck area to join the search on Monday morning.
A helicopter Mi-8, an airplane An-24 of the Far Eastern air rescue centre and two helicopters Mi-8 of the Sakhalin-based Aviashelf Company will go on air reconnaissance in the sea area, where the Kolskaya oilrig sank.
Only 14 crewmen were saved from 67 people onboard the Kolskaya oilrig. Four of them were hospitalized with strong overcooling symptoms on Sunday evening to the intensive therapy ward at the Nogliki central district hospital, where they were airlifted by a helicopter of the Aviashelf Company. The doctors said that their life is out of danger.
Three saved crewmen are staying onboard the Magadan icebreaker, seven people on the Neftegaz-55 tugboat, which had to leave the search area over some malfunction on Sunday. The tugboat heads for the port of Korsakov and can arrive at the port in two days.
Meanwhile, the winds subsided a little bit in the search area on Monday. According to the Sakhalin weather forecasters, the winds reach 12.16 meters per second in the centre of the Sea of Okhotsk, the waves are from two to three metres high. The weather will worsen again overnight to Tuesday, the weather forecaster said.