26 January 2011, 11:48

Icebreakers suspend rescue over tow rupture

Icebreakers suspend rescue over tow rupture

The Russian icebreakers Krasin and Admiral Makarov have suspended the rescue of the Sodruzhestvo fishery ship in the Sea of Okhotsk because of a rupture in towing ropes. The rescue of the ice-trapped ship began on Tuesday night with the Krasin and the Admiral Makarov clearing one and a half miles of thick ice.

The Russian icebreakers Krasin and Admiral Makarov have suspended the rescue of the Sodruzhestvo fishery ship in the Sea of Okhotsk because of a rupture in towing ropes.

The rescue of the ice-trapped ship began on Tuesday night with the Krasin and the Admiral Makarov clearing one and a half miles of thick ice.

The rescue operation is now resuming after spare towropes were delivered by a helicopter.

In a rescue effort that has been going on for 25 days the icebreakers have already led to safety three icebound ships – Mys Yelizavety, Professor Kizevetter and Bereg Nadezhdy.

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