Efforts continued today to rescue the dredger Anabar off Moneron Island.
VLADIVOSTOK. September 13. VOSTOK-MEDIA – Efforts continued today to rescue the half-sunk Russian dredger Anabar off the Moneron Island coast in the Sea of Japan, Primorye Emergency Situations Department said in a statement.
Yuzno-Sakhalinsk Rescue Center said it received the distress signal on Sept. 7 from the Yakutsk-registered dredger Anabar. According to preliminary information, the ship ran into a heavy storm and was cast onto rocks about 400 meters away from the Moneron Island coast. The hull breached beneath the engine room causing power outage and giving the vessel a heavy list to port. No oil spill has been reported in the area so far.
Officials said thirty-two crew members were rescued as a result of the rescue operation. One sailor is reported missing. Divers from the ship Centurion inspected the hull of the vessel yesterday and earlier today using underwater cameras. They also examined the sea bed under the dredger in an effort to find the missing sailor but did not find him.
A relief vessel sent to the accident site has already pumped out the dredger’s fuel tanks.
The accident site is being carefully monitored for signs of oil spill, official said.