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Along the coast of Chukotka, an operation to save people on a sunken South Korean trawler continues

In the area of ​​the wreck of the South Korean trawler Oryong 501 in the Bering Sea, four inflatable liferafts without people were found today. The message about this came from the board of the trawler "Karolina-77", which found the rafts, reports TASS.

"These are obviously rafts with Oryong 501. There are no people on them," he said. Interfax today the head of the sea coordination and rescue sub-center of FSI "Administration of the seaport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky" Artur Retz. According to him, none of the 54 missing people could be found from the air.

"A US Coast Guard C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft flew in the area of ​​the incident for several hours. But the weather at the site of the search operation is now very bad. Storm, strong wind, snow charges, almost zero visibility. Therefore, no one was found. The plane returned to his next flight to the site of the tragedy is scheduled for Wednesday, "said the head of the sub-center.

Artur Retz said that four Russian fishing vessels are also searching for the missing at sea, which interrupted the fishing because of this: in addition to the Karolina-77, whose captain was appointed as the coordinator at the scene, these are BMRT Zaliv Zabiyaka, RTMS Pelageal "and the ship" Vladimir Bradyuk ".

The day before, four crew members of the sunken ship were rescued - three Filipinos and one Malaysian, as well as a Russian specialist - 27-year-old Alexander Storozhenkov from the Primorsky Territory, who worked in a Korean fisherman as an observer. Two members of the crew of the sunken Korean fisherman were also rescued by the Magadan trawler Zaliv Zabiyaka. All survivors are under the supervision of doctors on board Russian ships. The state of health is assessed as satisfactory.

Crew Oryong 501 consisted of 62 people - these are citizens of South Korea (command staff), Indonesia, the Philippines (mainly fish processors). The fate of 54 of them remains unknown, their search continues. The water temperature in the area where the ship sank is about plus 2 degrees. In such water, a person without a wet suit can last about 15 minutes. All the rescued sailors were without wetsuits.

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