Icebreakers suspend rescue over tow rupture
The Russian icebreakers Krasin and Admiral Makarov have suspended the rescue of the Sodruzhestvo fishery ship in the Sea of Okhotsk because of a rupture in towing ropes.
The rescue of the ice-trapped ship began on Tuesday night with the Krasin and the Admiral Makarov clearing one and a half miles of thick ice.
The rescue operation is now resuming after spare towropes were delivered by a helicopter.
In a rescue effort that has been going on for 25 days the icebreakers have already led to safety three icebound ships – Mys Yelizavety, Professor Kizevetter and Bereg Nadezhdy.