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Dozens Missing After Commercial Fishing Trawler Sinks in the Bering Sea

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December 1, 2014

An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launches to assist the Kamchatka Border Guard Directorate in the search and rescue efforts of a crew from the 326-foot fishing vessel 501 Oryong in the Bering Sea, Dec. 1, 2014. The 501 Oryong, a South Korean flagged vessel, was hit by a wave while the crew was hauling its catch and sank. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew launches to assist the Kamchatka Border Guard Directorate in the search and rescue efforts of a crew from the 326-foot fishing vessel 501 Oryong in the Bering Sea, Dec. 1, 2014. The 501 Oryong, a South Korean flagged vessel, was hit by a wave while the crew was hauling its catch and sank. U.S. Coast Guard Photo


UPDATE: Weather Hampers Search for Survivors

reuters logoMOSCOW/SEOUL, Dec 1 (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.

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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