Death Toll Rises to 54 After Russian Trawler Sinks

At least 54 people died and 15 were reported missing after a Russian fishing trawler sank late Wednesday in the northern Pacific, officials said. Sixty-three of the 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok were rescued with the sea's temperature near 32 degrees Fahrenheit, Viktor Klepikov, coordinating captain of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky maritime rescue coordination center, told Reuters. Russia's TASS news agency cited a deputy head of the Kamchatka region as saying the crew might have violated safety rules by exceeding the capacity of cargo storage. Most of the sailors aboard were Russian nationals, but the crew also hailed from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu.

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