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12 Mar, 2007 01:51

Russian schooner capsizes in Russia's Far East

Russian schooner capsizes in Russia's Far East

A schooner, the “Serio Maru – 28”, has capsized near the Kuril islands, in Russia's Far East, during a severe storm. All 12 crew members have been evacuated to safety on rescue boats.

The Russian vessel received a storm warning and dropped anchor off Yuriy Maloy island. Nevertheless the ship was torn from the anchor and overturned by the storm.

Currently there are fears of a possible oil spill.

The local emergency services estimate there is about 2 tonnes of fuel on board and there might be a breach in the hull of the ship.