11 drown in Arctic

2010-08-28 16:12

Moscow - Eleven Russian sailors have drowned in the Arctic after going to the rescue of a fishing boat that got into distress, the Moscow daily Komsomolskaya Pravda reported on Saturday.

The Alexey Kulakowski sank in the early hours of Friday as part of a rescue mission in the Laptev Sea, around 35km outside the port of Tiksi.

However, the captain of the ship, and two engineers, were rescued from the sinking vessel.

According to some reports, there were only two life-jackets onboard for the 14 crew members.