​ Two crew washed overboard by wave in freezing Arctic waters

Two crew have been washed overboard by a wave from Bulgarian bulk carrier STARA PLANINA in Norwegian sea, some 210 nm SW of Bodo, Norway, in the morning Jan 2. Bulk carrier started search and rescue and as of 1330 UTC, was stil searching the area. 2 Norwegian SAR helicopters were deployed, both should be already in the area. Both seamen didn’t have life jackets, while carrying out the job on open deck, and unfortunately, chances of finding them alive are very small, life jackets or no life jackets, because the only thing which may keep them alive in winter Arctic seas, for probably, several hours, is immersion suit. The ship while en route from Murmansk Russia to Constanta Romania, encountered severe storm.

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