A fishing vessel with 19 people on board sank in the Barents Sea

A fishing vessel with 19 people on board sank in the Barents Sea.

The Russian fishing vessel Onega with 19 people on board sank in the Barents Sea. Two sailors were rescued, the others most likely killed. Rescuers found the body of a dead sailor. His identity is currently being established.

Five vessels are involved in the search operation for the remaining crew members. According to preliminary information, most of them are Russians, but there are also citizens of Ukraine, Belarus and Sierra Leone.

The most probable cause of the tragic accident was the icing of the vessel.

In the area of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, where the ship sank, a strong wind is blowing and the air temperature reaches minus 30 degrees.

Onega is owned by the Kalinin fishing collective farm in the Arkhangelsk region. The ship was launched in 1979.

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