Posted on November 12, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Russian General Cargo Ship, Anatoliy Krasheninnikov, sank shortly after 8 am, on the morning of November 9th.
The vessel was en-route from Petropavlovsk to Palana, Kamchatka, when the EPIRB was activated.
A local fish factory responded to the signal and rushing to the scene, managed to successfully evacuate 10 out of the 13 seafarers in need of rescue.
Most of the crew was saved, however, the captain, a senior mate and a watch mechanic are still missing.
Rescue attempts in the region have been hampered by adverse weather conditions. A helicopter flew over the search area on Saturday, covering over two thousand square kilometres, but didn’t manage to locate any of the missing crew members.
Cause of the accident that led to the vessel sinking remains unclear, however, initial reports suggest that it might have been due to a cargo shift occurring during a storm.
The vessel was primarily loaded with over 280 tons of cargo; mostly consisting of construction materials and other equipment.
Investigators have opened a criminal case into the cause of the accident, citing “Violation of safety rules of movement and operation of sea transport”.