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Fishermen find 11 bodies by sunken S Korean ship

AP, SEOUL

Fishermen recovered 11 more bodies from the western Bering Sea yesterday, near where a South Korean fishing ship sank on Monday.

The bodies appear to be from the ship lost in the waters near Russia, according to a South Korean Foreign Ministry official who did not want to be named.

Authorities recovered one fisherman’s body on Monday and rescued seven others, but more than 50 are still missing.

The 11 bodies were found by fishing vessels searching the debris of the sunken Oriong-501, the ministry official said.

Furious relatives have blamed the ship’s operator, Sajo Industries, and its 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 US, and at least five fishing ships are searching for the missing, according to another ministry official.

US rescue ship Munro should arrive today to help the search effort.

The crew included 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector, according to Seoul.

It is believed that the ship began to list after stormy weather caused seawater to flood its storage areas, according to officials from the government and Sajo.

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