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19 rescued from Russian fishing trawler in Arctic

19 rescued from Russian fishing trawler in Arctic

Nineteen sailors fled a sinking Russian trawler Tuesday in the frigid Arctic waters of the Barents Sea and were picked up from lifeboats by a nearby fishing vessel, a Norwegian rescue official said.
Norwegian Internet newspaper Nettavisen, citing the ship's owners, reported that the captain had died and that the ship had sunk. Nettavisen said the ship was named Topaz A.
Rescue officials could not confirm the report.
"We just know that 19 people went into the lifeboats, and were all picked up by other (Russian) trawlers," said Geir Mortensen, spokesman for the Rescue Coordination Center for northern Norway. The condition of those rescued was not immediately known.
Mortensen said Norwegian medical personnel had flown to the scene of the accident near Bjoernoeya, about 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of the Norwegian mainland in the Barents Sea, which Norway shares with Russia. He did not know how many people were on the ship when it started sinking.
Mortensen said the weather was cold but conditions were good for the rescue.
Nettavisen said the ship was owned by the JSC Murmansk Trawlfleet company in Murmansk.
Bjoernoeya is about halfway between Norway's northern tip and the Nordic country's Svalbard Archipelago.


Updated : 2021-10-24 00:58 GMT+08:00