South Korean vessel sinks, ten Filipinos missing

At least ten Filipinos are currently missing following the sinking of a South Korean vessel in the Bering Sea near Russia. The Oriong-501, a 1,753-ton fishing vessel, is owned by a South Korean deep-sea fishery company Sajo Industries.

A total of 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans, 35 Indonesians and a Russian were in the said vessel. Response team recovered one dead South Korean and rescued seven crews including three Filipinos, three Indonesians and the Russian. However, stormy weather condition makes search and rescue operation complicated.

“The condition of the fishermen who were rescued is fine,” chief of the rescue centre at the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky port, Artur Rets told the RIA Novosti news agency.

“They are currently on the ship that rescued them. They will stay there until the weather improves and South Korea decides how to get them out of here. In the likeliest scenario, they will be picked up by a Korean vessel that is out fishing nearby.”

South Korean Foreign Ministry is currently coordinating with Russian official with to search and rescue operations and other details regarding the incident. Four Russian vessels are currently doing the rescue mission.