Investigators to check foreigners aboard trawler sunk in Okhotsk Sea

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According to the Investigative Committee, the ship left the port of Vladivostok with no foreign citizens aboard

Investigators will check the legality of the foreign residents being on board the trawler "Dalny Vostok", which sank in the Sea of Okhotsk.

"Right now we take all the necessary investigative actions, the foreigners on board will also be checked," the senior assistant of the head of the Far Eastern transport investigation department of transport of the Investigative Committee of Russia Oksana Polshakova said to "Interfax"

She added that investigators inspected the documents in the port of Vladivostok, from where the trawler set out on a voyage on January 3. It is also planned to question the crew members that survived.

"It is expected that the ship with the rescued sailors will arrive at the Sakhalin port of Korsakov in three days. Then, if the sailors feel well, the investigators will be able to question them," she added.

Earlier, the president of the Far Eastern Association of Sea Captains said to "Interfax" that the law enforcement agencies should carefully check the legality of the foreign residents on board the sunk trawler.

According to him, when the ship left the port of Vladivostok at the beginning of January, there were no citizens of Burma and Vanuatu aboard.

The trawler "Dalny Vostok", registered in the Sakhalin port of Nevelsk, sank in the Sea of Okhotsk 300 km south of Magadan overnight into Thursday.

The ship didn`t signal SOS. There were 132 people aboard. According to recent data, 63 sailor are rescued, 56 died. The fate of 13 people remains unknown.

As for the foreign crew members, most of them were from Burma - 42, there were nine citizens of Ukraine, five of Vanuatu and three of Latvia on board the ship.

Investigators opened a criminal case under Art. 263, p. 3 of the Criminal Code (violation of safety rules, and the operation of water transport resulting in the death of two or more people).

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