SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Fishermen recovered 11 more bodies from the western Bering Sea Wednesday near where a South Korean fishing ship sank earlier this week.
The bodies appear to be from the ship lost Monday in the waters near Russia, according to an official from the foreign ministry who didn’t want to be named citing office rules. One fisherman’s body was recovered Monday and seven fishermen were rescued. More than 50 went missing when the ship sank on Monday.
The bodies were found by fishing vessels searching the debris of the sunken Oryong 501, said the ministry official.
Furious relatives have blamed the company and the ship’s captain for not doing enough to save their family members.
Rough seas and bad weather mean there is little hope that anyone will be found alive.
Coast guard helicopters from Russia and the United States and at least five fishing ships were searching for the missing, according to an official from Seoul’s foreign ministry, who didn’t want to be named citing office rules.
The US rescue ship Munro should arrive Thursday.