MOSCOW (AP) — Five more sailors were rescued Monday from a Russian crab boat that capsized in the Sea of Japan with a crew of 30 Russians and Indonesians on board, emergency officials said, but 15 sailors remained missing and some were reported to have died in the freezing waters.
The Shans-101 capsized on Sunday off of Russia's Pacific coast. That evening, 10 crew members were found in a lifeboat and rescued by a passing freighter. Five more, including the ship captain, were found in a second lifeboat on Monday, emergency officials said.
The fishing vessel was hit by two waves just as it changed course and quickly capsized, Yury Boldychev, a representative of the ship's owner, Vostok-1, said in a television interview. Ten minutes later, the crew was ordered into the lifeboats, he said.
Most of them were wearing only T-shirts and shorts in temperatures of minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). Russian television showed the first 10 rescued sailors arriving in the city of Kholmsk on the Sakhalin Peninsula, where they were examined by doctors and questioned by investigators. All were reported to be suffering from frostbite.
The sailors told investigators that eight men in their lifeboat had frozen to death and their bodies had been put into the sea to make room in the lifeboat, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. The fate of the remaining seven sailors remained unclear. The search by air, sea and land was to continue on Tuesday.
The crew consisted of 19 Russians and 11 Indonesians.