One dead in SKorean ship fire off Russian coast: reports

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A sailor died when a fire broke out on a South Korean fish carrier near Russia's Far Eastern coast, prompting evacuation of 89 people, reports said Thursday.

The ship Oriental Angel was off the coast of Chukotka in the Bering Sea when the fire broke out overnight in a compartment holding flour, RIA Novosti quoted a local water rescue official as saying.

The ship's chief mate died as he tried to battle the flames, while 89 members of its crew, including Chinese, South Korean, and Indonesian nationals, were rescued by passing boats from their rafts, he said.

The vessel is still burning about 14 miles from the shore in the bay of Anadyr, he said.

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