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One dead after fishing trawler sinks

A 1,753-ton Korean fishing trawler sank Monday off the coast of the eastern coast of Russia in the Bering Sea, leaving more than 50 missing and at least one confirmed dead.

The 501 Oryong was carrying 62 people when it sank due to bad weather around 2 p.m. on Monday during a fishing operation, according to the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There were 11 Koreans on board; other sailors were Indonesian, Filipino and Russian.

At least eight people were saved as of press time on Monday. Those rescued included one Russian and citizens of Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea, the Russian News Agency Itar-Tass reported.

The Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said that nearby fishing boats and Russian emergency officials helped with rescue efforts. Sajo Industries, the Seoul-based owner of the 40-year-old 501 Oryong, said that it is setting up a situation room.

The foreign ministry here said it plans to make every effort to support the rescue operation.

BY SARAH KIM [sarahkim@joongang.co.kr]

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