Rescuers are scouring rough, icy waters off the Russian coast for 52 missing people from a sunken South Korean fishing boat, the Wall Stret Journal reported Tuesday.
The 2,153-ton trawler Oryong 501 sank on Monday in the Bering Sea while catching pollock, a popular fish in South Korea.
Sajo Industries Co. Ltd., the Seoul-based operator of the ship, said that of 60 people on board, one Russian inspector, three Indonesian and three Filipino crew members have been rescued.
One Korean crew member was confirmed dead.
“I’m afraid there is no good news,” said a Sajo official in Busan, from where the 38-year-old vessel set sail earlier this year.
Earlier reports said most of the crew members were Indonesian but the official said the company has not confirmed the breakdown of nationalities of those onboard.
The sea surface temperature in the area is near freezing, according to the US National Center for Environmental Prediction.
South Korea’s oceans and fisheries ministry declined to comment.
An official at the foreign ministry said the rescue mission is ongoing but declined to comment further.
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