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Authorities say ship might have sunk off Kamchatka coast because of cargo displacement

November 10, 2018, 6:35 UTC+3 PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY

On Friday, a private sailing scow sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk with 13 people on board

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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, November 10. /TASS/. The Anatoly Krashennikov ship might have sunk because of cargo displacement in the unfavorable weather conditions, deputy chairman of the Far Eastern Kamchatsky Krai's government and minister of special programs of Cossack affairs Sergey Khabarov told TASS on Saturday.

"As the main possible cause of sinking of the Anatoly Krashennikov ship, we consider the displacement of cargo in the unfavorable weather conditions, which cause the scow to overturn. It will become clear after the 2nd mate is questioned," Khabarov said.

On Friday, a private sailing scow sunk in the Sea of Okhotsk with 13 people on board. Ten people were saved by a nearby ship.

Ships sailing in the area close to the incident searched for the sunken ship captain and his two assistants, but with no success. The search and rescue operation was continued by helicopters. According to the Russian maritime shipping register, the sunken ship was registered in the Far Eastern city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The ship was transporting building materials and equipment to the settlement of Palana in the north of Kamchatka.

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