VLADIVOSTOK, January 29 (Itar-Tass) – The search of the crew of the fishing boat Shans-101 is moving 15 nautical miles southwards on Tuesday, as about 18,000 square kilometres are to be searched through, the press service of the Primorsky territorial emergency situation department reported.
Four fishing boats from the fish farm Vostok-1 in the Primorsky Territory and the Sakhalin rescue ship Atlas are searching for the crewmen in the ship wreckage area, the press service said. An amphibious airplane Be-200 and a helicopter Mi-8 of the emergency air rescue centre departed for an air reconnaissance mission from Khabarovsk on Tuesday morning in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), where the Shans-101 fishing boat sank.
An emergency helicopter Mi-8, which is based in Vladivostok, and several aircraft of the Pacific Fleet are also on standby to join the search for the fishermen. The ground team of 30 people and four units of machinery will continue the search along the coastline near the settlement Svetlaya.
The north-western winds of 10-15 metres per second, the air temperature of 15 degrees below zero, a mix of clouds and sun and a rough sea of three points are forecast in the search area on Tuesday.
The Shans-101 crew consisted of 30 crewmen, 15 of them survived in the ship wreckage. Four Indonesian sailors and 11 Russian sailors survived. In the words of the rescued sailors, when 18 people turned out to be onboard a life raft, eight of them died of hyperthermia and brought down in the sea for the rescue of the survived fishermen. The life raft was overloaded. The fate of another seven Shans-101 crewmen is unclear.