Russian ship sends distress signal

Dec. 27, 2012 at 8:39 AM

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Officials said crew members from a stalled Russian trawler have sent a distress signal from stormy seas near the South Kuril Islands.

Capt. Alexander Kuvshinov from the Vladivostok seaport reported the incident Thursday.

ITAR-Tass said trawler Alanet's engine failed and those on the ship are stranded.

Officials said stormy weather was creating 13-foot waves and winds of 33-40 miles per hour.

Kuvshinov said the ship is in Japan's zone of responsibility and Japanese rescuers are heading to help the sailors.

The Alanet is owned by Kamchatka company Kamchatrybprom.

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