Korean Trawler Sinks off The Coast of Russia, 1 Dead 52 Missing

luvsmiling, Dec. 2, 2014, 10:06 a.m.

One sailor died and 52 went missing as a Korean trawler sank in the western Bering Sea off Russia at 2:20 p.m. on Monday.  The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said one Russian and six crewmembers of other nationalities had been rescued as of 6 p.m. Monday, but the fate of 52 others remains unknown as rescue efforts have been hampered by bad weather.  The Korean crewmember succumbed to hypothermia.

Of the total 60 people on board, 11 were Koreans, one Russian, 13 Filipinos, and 35 Indonesians. The 1,753-ton trawler was built in Spain in 1978 and Korean fisheries firm Sajo Industries bought it in 2010 and operated jointly with Russia until February this year, when the ship was registered as Korean.  It left Busan on July 10 to fish for pollack in the Bering Sea.

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