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Putin expresses condolences for 17 people aboard the wrecked fishing boat in Russia

Putin expresses condolences for 17 people aboard the wrecked fishing boat in Russia

by YCPress

A Russian fishing boat wrecked in the Barents Sea, 2 people were rescued and 17 people were missing. A spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said that 17 missing persons may have died.

he Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations learned on the morning of the 28th that the “Onega” fishing boat sank in the Barents Sea, and it was preliminarily determined that it was caused by ice accumulation on the fishing boat.

“Onega” is a trawler, and the wreck site was about 40 nautical miles from the coast of the ancient Sinaya peninsula. The water temperature in the incident was extremely low. Sputnik News quoted a spokesperson for the Ministry of Emergency Situations and reported: “It is very likely that all 17 people have died and they have not been found.”

The Russian maritime department sent 4 rescue ships to search for missing persons.

The Russian Federation of Fishery Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Exporters issued a statement late on the 28th, stating that the owner of the “Onega” informed the Federation that the “Onega” was under maintenance in due course and was in good condition before going out to sea. Complete the necessary procedures.

The statement said that based on preliminary information, bad weather caused the crash. There was a storm in the sea area where the fishing boat was crashed. Although the crew tried their best to avoid ice on the boat, the strong storm caused severe ice accumulation and the fishing boat sank.

The Russian Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying that the crew did not have time to put down the lifeboat.

The search and rescue of the Russian sunken fishing boat continues, and the crew’s chance of survival is slim

According to TASS news agency, search and rescue work for the missing crew members of the Russian fishing boat that sank in the Barents Sea on the 28th is still in progress. 

There are currently three tugboats and Russian Northern Fleet aircraft searching for survivors at the sinking site. The report quoted the local emergency department.

Rescuers found three lifebuoys in the shipwreck waters, but did not find any survivors.

According to sources, the cause of the accident may be that the fishing boat capsized due to trawling. Of the 19 crew members on board, only 2 successfully escaped wearing diving suits. 

The wave height in the wreck sea area reached 4 meters, and the temperature was below minus 20 degrees Celsius. 

In addition, the polar night phenomenon in the Arctic region also complicates the search. 

Some Russian media said that under extreme local weather conditions, the chances of a missing crew member’s survival are slim.

On the 28th, a fishing boat named “Onega” sank near Xindi Island in the Barents Sea. 

Later that day, Russian President Putin expressed condolences to the families of the victims.