MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian army maritime patrol plane IL-38 and fishing vessels have searched 750 sq. kilometers (290 sq. miles) of the Barents Sea to find Russia’s Onega vessel that sank on Monday, a spokesperson of the emergencies ministry stated on Tuesday.
“Over the past day, fishing vessels have examined 400 square kilometers of the water area in the zone of the accident, another 350 square kilometers [were examined] by the Il-38 aircraft of the defense ministry,” the spokesperson stated, including that the efforts to find the ship didn’t deliver any outcomes but.
According to the ministry, the vessel capsized and sank as a result of ice formation. There had been 19 folks on board, two of them had been saved. The ministry stated on Monday that 17 others had been believed to be lifeless. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin have supplied condolences to the households of these killed.
So far, 4 fishing vessels are concerned in the search operation, and the arrival of the rescue ship Mikula to the emergency space is anticipated on Wednesday.