17 fishermen feared dead after boat sinks in Arctic Russia

MOSCOW (AFP) – Seventeen fishermen were missing and feared dead yesterday after a Russian boat capsized during a storm and sank in the freezing waters of the Barents Sea.

Officials said that two people had been rescued during a search-and-rescue operation, but that bad weather conditions had complicated efforts to find survivors.

The privately-owned boat, called Onega, sank near the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Barents Sea, with authorities becoming aware of the accident at 7.30am, officials said.

“As a result of the accident, 19 people ended up in the water,” said the Investigative Committee, which probes serious crimes, adding two people were rescued.