Search and rescue teams on Wednesday recovered six more bodies from the area where a South Korean trawler sank in the Bering Sea, as hopes dimmed of finding any survivors among 46 crew still missing. Meanwhile three of the 13 Filipinos on board the fishing boat were rescued, a report said. Their identities were not immediately available.

“They were all wearing lifejackets when they were found by rescue vessels,” said a spokesman for the vessel’s South Korean owner, Sajo Industries. The bodies were recovered around nine miles southwest of the spot where the 1,753-tonne Oryong 501 trawler, with 60 people on board, went down in rough, icy seas on Monday.

The discovery of four empty, damaged lifeboats on Tuesday fuelled concerns that the missing crew members were pitched into the freezing waters when the boat sank. Those on board included 11 South Koreans, 35 Indonesians, 13 Philippine crew members and a Russian identified by Russian news agencies as a fisheries inspector. The inspector was among those rescued.

Source: Journal Online