Russian ship with 30 crew `could sink`: Official

Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 15:53

Moscow: A Russian emergency official says a cargo ship with a 30-strong crew has iced over and is stranded in the Sea of Okhotsk with the risk of sinking.
An emergency spokesman on Russia`s Far Eastern Sakhalin Island says the captain of the Smolninsky refrigerated cargo vessel sent a distress signal early today.

Spokesman Alexander Ivelsky says poor weather in the Sea of Okhotsk, which separates the Kamchatka peninsula and mainland Russia, prevents the air rescue of the all-Russian crew.

Ivelsky said strong winds threaten to topple the frozen freighter.

He says nearby ships have been instructed to set course for the Smolninsky.


First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010 - 15:53

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