MOSCOW – At least 54 sailors died after their trawler sank in the Pacific Ocean off of the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s east on Wednesday night, reported the region’s emergency services.
“According to the latest data, 54 bodies have been recovered and 63 crew members have been rescued,” the Russian media quoted the sources as saying.
The fishing vessel was boarded by 132 people, 63 of whom were rescued, and 15 others are yet to be located.
There were 78 Russians and other 54 internationals from countries such as Myanmar, Ukraine, Vanuatu and Latvia working on the ship that sank for unknown reasons in Sea of Okhotsk, 330 kilometers (205 miles) off the coast of Kamchatka.
The Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler did not issue any warning alarms before going down on Wednesday evening.
Most of the survivors are in serious condition, suffering from hypothermia.
About 800 people, 26 boats and a helicopter are participating in the rescue mission.