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South Korean fishing boat Oryong 501 sank in Bering Sea

Dec 2, 2014 09:15 IST

South Korean fishing boat Oryong 501 sank in the Bering Sea off Russia's far-eastern Chukotka peninsula on 1 December 2014. One person died in the incident and at least 54 are missing.

South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that the boat sank with 60 crew members on board, of which eight people were rescued, but one of them died later.

The 2153-ton trawler Oryong 501 operated by Sajo industries sank in the Bering Sea while catching pollock, a popular fish in South Korea. The cause of sinking, in the frigid waters that lie between far-eastern Russia and Alaska, wasn't clear.

At the time, when the trawler went down near the Chukotka peninsula there were more than 60 people on board. Seven people had been saved, including citizens of several Asian Nations. The crew consisted of 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian.


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