5 more sailors rescued from Russian ship

2013-01-28 19:47
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Moscow - Five more sailors were rescued on Monday from a Russian crab boat that capsized in the Sea of Japan with a crew of 30 Russians and Indonesians on board, emergency officials said.

But 15 sailors remained missing and some were reported to have died in the freezing waters.

The Shans-101 capsized on Sunday off of Russia's Pacific coast.

That evening, 10 crew members were found in a lifeboat and rescued by a passing freighter.

Five more, including the ship captain, were found in a second lifeboat on Monday, emergency officials said.

The fishing vessel was hit by two waves just as it changed course and quickly capsized, Yury Boldychev, a representative of the ship's owner, Vostok-1, said in a television interview.

Ten minutes later, the crew was ordered into the lifeboats, he said.

Most of them were wearing only T-shirts and shorts in temperatures of minus 15°C.

Russian television showed the first 10 rescued sailors arriving in the city of Kholmsk on the Sakhalin Peninsula, where they were examined by doctors and questioned by investigators.

All were reported to be suffering from frostbite.

The sailors told investigators that eight men in their lifeboat had frozen to death and their bodies had been put into the sea to make room in the lifeboat, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

The fate of the remaining seven sailors remained unclear.

The search by air, sea and land was to continue on Tuesday.

The crew consisted of 19 Russians and 11 Indonesians.

Read more on:    russia

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.