The fishing vessel Carolina 33 caught fire in Okhotsk sea on about 150 nautical miles southeast off Magadan, Russia. The fire erupted after short circuit in ice generator, which extended to the engine rooms and main deck. The accident was reported to the local authorities and the crew requested assistance due to immediate danger for their life. The trawler yantar-1 was the first, which responded to the distress signal, where were evacuated 39 people out of 52 crew, most of them being non-essential for the firefighting. The other 13 crew remained on board of the fishing ship Carolina 33 and continue firefighting. The local authorities sent also the salvage tug Sibirskiy at the scene of the troubled vessel to assist.
There are no additional details about the extent of the fire and the damages caused to the fishing ship. According to preliminary information, there is danger for the seaworthiness of the fishing vessel Carolina 33. The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. Fortunately during the fire there are no reports about injured seamen and no water pollution.
The fishing vessel Carolina 33 (IMO: 7229344) has overall length of 61.40 m, moulded beam of 10.60 m and maximum draft of 5.20 m. The deadweight of the ship is 857 DWT and the gross tonnage is 969 GRT. The fishing vessel was built in 1972 by Niigata Shipbuilding and Reprair yard in Japan.