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3. Russian trawler sinks, killing 54

A Russian fishing trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk off the Russian Far East on Thursday morning, leaving at least 54 crew members dead and 15 others missing.

The Interfax news agency and other media say the Dalniy Vostok, owned by a Sakhalin-based company, sank west of the Kamchatka Peninsula shortly after 6 a.m.

The trawler was carrying 132 people, including crew members from Russia, Myanmar, Vanuatu, Ukraine, and Latvia.

Maritime authorities say 54 people have been confirmed dead. More than 20 boats, as well as helicopters, are searching for the missing.

An emergency ministry official at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky says the trawler may have hit an ice floe or there could have been a problem with its cargo of fish.
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