PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, December 3. /TASS/. Eleven fishermen from sunken South Korean trawler Oryong-501 were found dead in the Bering Sea. The fatalities are three South Koreans, one Filipino and seven Indonesians, the maritime rescue center in Russia’s far eastern port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky told TASS on Wednesday.
“The crews of three Russian ships involved in the search operation managed to find and raise from the seawater eleven dead fishermen from the wrecked trawler Oryong-501. They were taken on board these three vessels,” the local maritime rescue center said, noting that Russian vessels suspended the search and will resume it with dawn.
A Russian Federal Security Service jet Antonov An-26 joined the search after arrival in Anadyr, an administrative center in Russia’s far eastern Chukotka autonomous area. No search flights will be made on Wednesday due to stormy winds, a strong blizzard and high five-meter waves.
The South Korean trawler sank on December 1 after stormy weather caused seawater to flood its storage areas. Sixty happened to be in the chilly water. Seven were saved. Twelve were officially recognized as casualties. The search for other sailors continues.