One dead, dozens missing after South
Korean vessel sinks off Russian coast
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[December 01, 2014]
MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - One person
was killed and the fate of more than 50 others was unknown after a South
Korean fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea off the coast of Russia's
far eastern Chukotka region officials said on Monday.
"When the fish were being hauled in, the vessel was hit by a
wave," said Artur Rets, the head of the maritime rescue service in
Russia's far eastern port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, adding the
South Korean vessel Oriong-501 had sunk at 0530 GMT (0030 ET).
He said rescuers had managed to pull eight people out of the water
so far, including one who had died.
"According to our data there were 62 people on board," Rets said.
"The fate of the others is not known."
The South Korean fisheries ministry said the 36-year-old vessel
operated by Sajo Industries had 60 people on board, including one
Russian, 11 South Koreans, 13 Filipinos and 35 Indonesians.
It said the dead person was a South Korean and that those rescued
included the Russian. It said the rescue operation was hampered by
bad weather conditions.
(Reporting by Tatyana UStinova in Moscow and Jack Kim in Seoul,
eriting by Gabriela Baczynska, editing by Timothy Heritage)
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