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Ship sinks in La Perouse Strait likely re navigation safety breach

December 26, 2011, 6:58 UTC+3

The official identification of three dead sailors was not made yet

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VLADIVOSTOK, December 26 (Itar-Tass) —— The investigative bodies launched an investigation over the case that several sailors were found dead in the La Perouse Strait.

“The main theory of the ship sinking is violations of the navigation safety rules that the captain made,” the press service of the Far Eastern transport investigation department of the Investigative Committee told Itar-Tass on Monday. During the investigation the whole scope of measures seeking to find the details of the death of the sailors will be taken.

The official identification of three dead sailors was not made yet, the press service said.

The Ginga ship presumably under the flag of Cambodia sank in the La Perouse Strait on December 25. The ship was carrying eight people, including five Russians and three Indonesians. On Sunday, three sailors were found dead, two of them were identified as Russian citizens, one of them could not be identified.

It was found that the ship under the flag of Cambodia was en route from the Japanese port Wakkanai, Hokkaido Island. In the early morning on December 25 Sakhalin time the emergency radio beacon set off onboard the Ginga. The ship was in distress on the border of the zones of responsibility of Russia and Japan near the Stone of Danger rock, which is situated 14 kilometres southeast of the Krilion Cape, which the southernmost end of Sakhalin.

The search for five missing crewmen continued on Monday. Russia engaged the Atlas rescue ship, the trawlers Ozersk, Palia, Zaliv Vasilyeva and an emergency helicopter Mi-8 in the search. Japan involved the Rebun patrol boat and an airplane in the search.

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