Russian Fishing Trawler Sinks in Barents Sea, 2 Rescued 17 Feared Dead

A Russian trawler, the Onega, sank in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle leaving 17 out of its 19-man crew missing.

A Russian trawler, the Onega, sank in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Circle leaving 17 out of its 19-man crew missing. 

The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) reported that two crew members were rescued while rescue teams are still looking for the rest.

“At 07.30, information was received about the sinking of the ship Onega (MK 0331) in the Barents Sea near Novaya Zemlya, Arkhangelsk region. The ship had a crew of 19 people. Two were rescued, searches are being carried out by five other fishing vessels in the area,” said EMERCOM. 

Russia’s investigative committee said that Onega sent out distress signals during a storm and sent out a rescue buoy after it sank. 

EMERCOM explained that icing is believed to have caused the sinking. 

The spokesman for the maritime and river transport agency Rosmorrechflot, Alexei Kravchenko said that the sinking occurred when the crew was hauling out a net with the catch which capsized the ship.

According to MarineTraffic.com, Onega sailed out from the port of Kirkenes (Norway) on last December 14.


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