A general cargo ship registered in Panama grounded in a storm off the Russian coast overnight prompting a rescue operation by Russia’s Emergencies Ministry, reports Maritime Executive.
The authorities reported that the operation was complicated by a hard-to-reach location along with high seas and winds.
The 5,580 dwt general cargo ship radioed the Russian authorities for assistance around 9:40 p.m. on November 8, reporting that it had grounded. At the time, the winds were reported gusting over 33 mph and the seas were running between eight and nine feet.
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The emergency services dispatched a rescue vessel from the Vladivostok, but it was later determined that the only way to rescue the 14 Chinese crewmembers aboard the vessel would be to organize an airlift. This morning the operation began with a Mi-8 helicopter. The Russian Emergency Services reported that more than 60 people and 20 pieces of equipment were involved in the rescue. The crew was successfully transferred to shore.
So far there have been no reports of environmental damage.
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Source: Maritime Executive