KHABAROVSK (Sputnik) — The recent trawler accident in the Sea of Okhotsk which claimed the lives of at least 56 people was likely caused by the crew’s failure to comply with safety rules, acting Sakhalin governor Oleg Kozhemyako said Saturday.
“This seems to me to be a violation by the crew and the captain of sea safety rules and regulations,” Kozhemyako told reporters.
The Dalniy Vostok trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk shortly before midnight on Wednesday, around 300 kilometers, or 186 miles, from the Russian port city of Magadan.
The trawler carried a total of 132 people, 13 of whom are still considered missing. Rescue teams continue work in the area of the accident.