Dec. 28 (UPI) — A Russian fishing boat with 19 aboard sank within the northern Barents Sea Monday, leaving 17 presumed lifeless in freezing chilly water after two had been rescued.

“At 7:30, data was obtained that the Onega vessel … had sunk within the Barents Sea close to Novaya Zemlya within the Arkhangelsk Area,” the Russian emergency ministry stated in a TASS report.

The Voikovo fishing trawler rescued two of 19 on board the fishing boat Onega, based mostly in Murmansk, in line with the Russian Emergency Conditions Ministry Fundamental Directorate for the Murmansk Area.

Russian President Vladimir Putin despatched a message of condolences to Murmansk Area Governor Andrei Chibis, the Kremlin web site reported.

“It was with nice disappointment that I realized concerning the tragedy within the Barents Sea that claimed the lives of the crew members of the Onega fishing boat,” the message learn. “Please convey my deepest condolences to the households of the victims and phrases of assist to the injured.”

The privately owned boat used a internet referred to as a trawl pulled via the water behind the boat to catch fish. A supply informed Interfax, “the catastrophe occurred in a robust storm, when the crew lifted the online with the catch,” the captain was not among the many two rescued, and all of the crew had been sporting wetsuits.

Emergency ministry officers consider ice piled on the ship precipitated it to sink, Voice of America reported, including {that a} legal investigation is underway.

The Murmansk Rescue Coordination Middle is heading the rescue operation with help from aviation of the Northern Fleet, however the rescue is sophisticated by quick daylight and adversarial climate with tough to very tough waves and air temperature of -20 levels, the ministry stated.

One ship is at present on the crash website and three are shifting in search and help, it added.

The Onega, which information the Russian flag, was constructed in 1979.