Rescuers to continue searching people from sunken Russian trawler at night
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 2
The rescue operation at the site of the sunken Russian trawler "Dalniy Vostok" in the Okhotsk Sea will continue after dark, RIA Novosti quoted the Russian emergency situations minister, Vladimir Puchkov, as saying April 2.
Currently the search area is 8,500 square kilometers. Earlier, Puchkov instructed to expand the search area.
"We are continuing the rescue operation at the site despite that the night is coming," said Puchkov at a meeting of the government commission on the ship disaster in the Okhotsk Sea.
He said the rescue operation is going full-scale and involves all the forces, including specialists, planes and ships.
Azerbaijanis, who are the citizens of Russia, were among the crew members of the sunken vessel, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry told Trend April 2.
Imadeddin Sadikhov (born 1969), Mailaga Talibov (born 1964), Yashar Aliyev (born 1975) are among the survivors. According to the preliminary reports, Elman Aliyev (1964) is also among the survivors.
There is yet no information about Mahammad Safarov (born 1964), Muradali Maharramov (1987) and Fazil Shakarov (1959).
The trawler "Dalniy Vostok" sank overnight in the Sea of Okhotsk. There were 78 Russians and 54 foreigners on board the ship, according to preliminary data.
Some 54 people of the 132 on board were killed, including the trawler's captain and his assistant. The fate of 15 fishermen is still unknown.