17 sailors from Russian boat that sank in Barents Sea believed to be dead - UPDATED

17 sailors from Russian boat that sank in Barents Sea believed to be dead  - UPDATED
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Sailors who went missing after their fishing boat sank in the Barents Sea have died according to preliminary reports, an emergency service source said Monday, APA reports quoting TASS.

"According to the preliminary data, there are no survivors apart from two rescued sailors. The frozen vessel sank instantly during a storm, leaving practically no chance for anyone to be saved in the freezing waters," the source noted.

At 07:30, information was received that the Onega vessel had sunk in the Barents Sea near Russia’s Novaya Zemlya in the Arkhangelsk Region. The crew had 19 people. Two people were rescued. The vessel was fishing, freezing is noted to be the reason Onega sank.

A TASS source in emergency services clarified that five boats were sent to look for potential survivors. One of them saved two sailors alive, they were wearing wetsuits, there is no connection with the rest.

 
 

Onega is a fishing boat constructed in 1979, it flies the Russian flag. A criminal case was launched into violation of safety rules.

 

***09:59

Russia's Onega ship sank in the Barents Sea near the Novaya Zemlya archipelago with 19 people on board, of whom two were saved, said the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations on Monday, APA reports citing Sputnik news agency.

According to preliminary estimates, the incident in Russia's north was due to formation of ice.

"The crew consisted of 19 people. Two people were saved," the emergencies ministry said in a statement.

A search and rescue operation is being conducted.

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