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A fishing boat with 21 sailors disappears in the Russian Far East

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – Dmitry Kostyukov – | According to the Russian Investigation Committee, the vessel was heading from Donghae Port in South Korea to Jolmsk on the Russian island of Sakhalin, and sent its signal at 18h30 GMT on Wednesday (05h30 on Thursday in Sakhalin)

Russian relief services were searching Thursday for a missing fishing vessel in the Sea of ​​Japan with 21 sailors on board, authorities said.

The ship “Vostok” (“East”) sent a warning signal on Thursday morning 200 km from the coast in the Primorski region, in the Far East, according to the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The contact could not be established and helicopters, ships and a reconnaissance plane were sent to the site, said the same source, stressing that violent winds made searching difficult.

According to the Russian Investigation Committee, the fishing vessel was heading from Donghae Port in South Korea to Jolmsk on the Russian island of Sakhalin, and sent its signal at 18h30 GMT on Wednesday (0530 hours on Thursday in Sakhalin).

According to the Russian news agency Interfax, the ship belongs to a company specializing in the fishing of crabs, for which that region is known.

The glacial waters of the Russian Far East have been on several occasions the scene of maritime catastrophes.

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