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Search for Russian fishing boat resumed

February 06, 2013, 11:49 UTC+3

Fifteen seamen from the capsized crab boat are still unaccounted for

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YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, February 6 (Itar-Tass) – The Atlas rescue ship resumed on Wednesday the search for the overturned Shans-101 crab boat lost in the Sea of Japan as was being towed to the shore on Saturday, sources from the Sakhalin sea rescue centre told Tass.

Fifteen seamen from the capsized crab boat are still unaccounted for. As the Atlas was trying to tow the Shans-101 on February 2, the tow cable broke. The crab boat disappeared from the zone of visibility amid adverse weather conditions.

The Atlas waited for an improvement of weather conditions off the Olympiada cape and then resumed the search.

Centre specialists explained that “the semi-sunk Shans-101” may pose a danger for navigation. All ships in the area have received a warning. It is quite possible that the ship has already sunk.

The Shans-101 fishing boat capsized in the Sea of Japan off Russia’s Primorye on January 27, 32 miles off Primorye. There were 30 crew on board – 19 Russian nationals and 11 Indonesians. Fifteen people were rescued, 11 of them are Russian nationals. One of the rescued seamen, the captain of the sip, died later.

Four Indonesian crewmen will be airlifted to their homeland on Friday. The Russian seamen were discharged from hospital on February 5.

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