Rescuers expand search area of trawler sunken in Okhotsk Sea

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13 people who were on board the sunken ship are still lost

The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia will expand the search area by the wreck scene of the trawler "Dalny Vostok" in the Sea of Okhotsk, the press service of the Ministry reports.

"Over 2 thousand people and more than 100 units of equipment, including ships and aircraft, are participating in the rescue operation in the Sea of Okhotsk. The forces are built up and the search area is expanded," says the statement.

In addition, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports that the ships "Spravedlivy" and "Andromeda", carrying the survivors and the bodies of those who died in the trawler wreck in the Sea of Okhotsk, has covered more than one thousand kilometers on its way to Sakhalin.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations notes that the sailors are accompanied by doctors who will provide medical assistance if necessary, using special equipment and medicines.

Earlier, the maritime rescue sub-center "Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk" told "Interfax" that on Sunday, the ships "Spravedlivy" and "Andromeda" were moving toward Sakhalin in stormy weather, which would continue on Monday.

The sub-center doesn`t exclude that due to bad weather the ships may arrive at the port of Korsakov later than on Tuesday.

It is reported that the rescue ship "Spravedlivy" is carrying 25 survived sailors to Korsakov. The "Andromeda" is carrying another 35 survivors and 56 bodies of the dead sailors. Both ships moved to Sakhalin on Saturday early in the morning. Another three rescued fishermen who suffered heavily in the trawler wreck are in Magadan Regional Hospital.

The Large autonomous freezer trawler "Dalny Vostok", registered in the Sakhalin port of Nevelsk, sank in the Sea of Okhotsk 300 km south of Magadan on the night of April 2. There were 132 people aboard. 63 sailors were rescued. 56 died. The fate of 13 people remains unknown.

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