On September 21, the fishing vessel Bagration caught fire off Sakhalin, Russia. The blaze started in a storeroom containing corrugated packaging. The crew attempted to extinguish the fire and were joined by the crew of the vessel Captain Efremov. Some 20 crew men were evacuated off the Bagration. Reports state the fire was finally extinguished later the same day. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The fishing vessel Ginga was reported lost in a severe storm in the La Perfuse Strait near the Sakhalin Island, Russia. The vessel with eight crew on board had sent out a distress call requesting assistance. Several rescue vessels and aircraft from Russia and Japan conducted a search and rescue operation. Three bodies of the crew was located and recovered. The remaining five crewmen remain missing. Rescue vessels reported they found remains of the vessel near Cape Crillon. Weather reports showed winds reached 50 km per hour where the Ginga was last reported. Several news sources stated the Ginga had several safety violations and the master of the vessel had been detained for illegal fishing.
The 70 meter by 80 meter jackup rig Kolskaya was lost off Sakhalin Island, Russia. The Kolskaya was being transferred from Kamchatka to Zyryanskaya Bay when a snow storm struck area. The storm with high winds and waves reaching 13 meters damaged the Kolskaya’s air tanks. The rig also suffered water ingress forcing the rig’s pumps to be engaged at full capacity. The crew sent out a mayday just before the rig capsized and sank. Fourteen of the 67 crew on board were rescued by the towing vessels. A search and recovery recovered four bodies.
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