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Currently, a search operation continues at the site of the tragedy.

Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko chaired a meeting of the Executive Committee, at which the progress of the search operation in the Barents Sea was discussed, where the fishing vessel Onega with a crew on board sank on December 28 in the morning. The meeting was held in the videoconference mode, it was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the General Prosecutor’s Office, Rosrybolovstvo and Rosmorrechflot, as well as the heads of two regions – the Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Alexander Tsybulsky and the Governor of the Murmansk Region Andrey Chibis.

Victoria Abramchenko expressed condolences to the families and loved ones of the crew members who were on board.

During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister set the task to synchronize as much as possible the actions of all services involved in the search operation and investigation of the causes of the Onega ship wreck. The situation is under the special control of the Government.

At the meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Government, operational information about the tragedy was presented. According to Rosrybolovstvo, a preliminary picture of the crash was established: at 4:08 a distress signal was received on the Voikovo ship, at 4:12 the Onega ship disappeared from the radar. Two fishermen – natives of Murmansk and the Rostov region – were rescued. They are on board the Voikovo ship, nothing threatens their health. The search for the rest of the crew continues. The government of the Murmansk region and the government of the Arkhangelsk region have established contact with the families of the crew members. Psychologists are working with families of fishermen who are currently missing.

On behalf of The Russian government will provide families with material assistance.

At the scene of the incident, search work is conducted by two ships, two more ships are sent to help. Rosrybolovstvo together with Rosmorrechflot should ensure coordination of the search.

The search operation is complicated by weather conditions – in the next two days, waves with a height of 3.5–5.5 m will remain in the Barents Sea with a wind speed of 17 m per second. At the same time, these conditions are not extraordinary for the vessels operating there, all of them are technically prepared for the conditions usual for the Barents Sea.

According to preliminary data, the ship “Onega” put out to sea on December 14, the annual confirmation of the technical compliance of the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping passed, and on October 30 the vessel received a certificate of compliance with the Maritime Safety Management Code. Rostransnadzor was instructed to check the documentation, the technical condition of the vessel, its parameters, and weather conditions will be assessed.

Previously, icing of the vessel with subsequent flooding by a storm wave is indicated as the reasons for the crash, as a result of which the stability of the vessel was disturbed and it turned over.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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