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Russian trawler sinks off Norway coast, captain dies


MURMANSK, April 24 (RIA Novosti) - The captain of a Russian fishing boat died on Friday despite being rescued along with the rest of the crew after their trawler sank in the Barents Sea near Norway's northern coast, Russian officials said.

A Russian fishing industry official said the Koralnes, part of the Sevrybkom-1 company fleet, sank shortly after sending a distress signal at about 9:20 a.m. Moscow time (05:20 GMT). Fifteen crewmembers drifted in an inflatable raft until another Russian trawler picked them up, while two men spent sometime in the arctic water.

"A Russian trawler rescued 15 Koralnes crewmembers from a raft, while a Norwegian rescue helicopter picked up the ship's captain and senior mechanic from the water," Sergei Vaganov said.

Norwegian police said one of the two sailors, who were transported by a Sea Hawk helicopter to a hospital in the Norwegian city of Tromsoe, died from hypothermia.

Another Russian official later confirmed that the captain of the ship unexpectedly died in the hospital, despite arriving in a stable condition.

It is not yet known what caused the sinking of the ship, which was built in 1987.

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