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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sailors Feared Lost

MOSCOW () -- Rescue teams were searching the Sea of Okhotsk for the third day Friday for four Russian sailors drifting on a lost barge.

The barge, which had brought food to the village of Takhoyansk in Russia's Far East, was being towed back to the port at Magadan on Wednesday when a rope broke and a strong wind carried it out to the open sea.

About 30 rescue workers on ships and a helicopter were conducting the search, said Eleonora Budrina of the Emergency Situations Ministry in Moscow. The daily Kommersant said Friday that bad weather had hampered the search and that there was now little hope of finding the four sailors alive.