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Icebreakers towing Russia's Sodruzhestvo mother ship out of ice trap

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Russian icebreakers the Krasin and the Admiral Makarov on Wednesday resumed their operation to rescue the ice-trapped mother fishery ship Sodruzhestvo.

Russian icebreakers the Krasin and the Admiral Makarov on Wednesday resumed their operation to rescue the ice-trapped mother fishery ship Sodruzhestvo.

The icebreakers started towing the vessel, stuck in the Sea of Okhotsk, to clear waters, Tatyana Kulikova, a spokeswoman for the Far Eastern Shipping Company, said.

"The Krasin icebreaker is towing the mother ship, while the Admiral Makarov is leading the convoy forcing its way through the ice," she said.

The Bereg Nadezhdy ship, the Professor Kizevetter research vessel, and the Sodruzhestvo, carrying altogether over 400 people, got stuck in two-meter-thick ice in the Sea of Okhotsk on December 31. Two other ships, the Mys Yelizavety and the Anton Gurin, became trapped later.

The Admiral Makarov released the Professor Kizevetter and the Mys Yelizavety vessels from the ice trap, while the Anton Gurin managed to cope on its own. The Bereg Nadezhdy was successfully towed to clear water Monday.

The Sodruzhestvo was the hardest to tow due to its wide body. The icebreakers have to coordinate their efforts to clear a wide canal in thick ice for the vessel to finally reach open waters.

 

VLADIVOSTOK, January 26 (RIA Novosti)