More than 50 feared dead after Korean fishing boat sinks in Bering Sea, where 'Deadliest Catch' is filmed

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More than 50 people are feared dead after a South Korean fishing ship capsized in the Bering Sea not far from where reality show "Deadliest Catch" is filmed.

One person was pulled from the icy waters dead and seven were rescued alive, authorities said. But rough seas caused by foul weather are hampering the search for the remaining 52 crew members, an official from the South Korean fisheries and oceans ministry said on condition of anonymity.

There are 35 Indonesians, 13 Filipinos, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector among the doomed crew, the official added. The ship sank in the western part of the Bering Sea, near Russia.

The ship, which was fishing for highly-prized pollock, began to list after stormy weather caused seawater to flood its storage areas, the official said. The 2,100-ton ship was 35 years old.

The South Korean foreign ministry said it asked Russian officials to work quickly to rescue the other crew members.

Kim Kang-ho from Sajo Industries, which owns the ship, said it left for the Bering Sea from a port in Busan, South Korea, on July 10. There are five South Korean-owned ships currently fishing in the Bering Sea to catch pollock, which is a winter delicacy in South Korea, Kim said.

The Bering Sea is known for its choppy waters and sometimes horrific weather.

The reality show "Deadliest Catch," which follows the exploits of Alaskan crab boats, is filmed mostly in the Bering Sea.

Multiple boats have sunk during the show's 10-season run on the Discovery Channel, and several crew members have died or had to be fished out of the sea by the Coast Guard.

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More than 50 feared dead after Korean fishing boat sinks in Bering Sea, where 'Deadliest Catch' is filmed
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HOMER, AK - MARCH 27: The Time Bandit commercial fishing boat from Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" series docked in the harbor in Homer Alaska on March 27, 2011.
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Featured in the TV show Deadliest Catch, the F/V Northwestern, Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska.
The crab fishing boat Horizon as the boats featured in Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch.
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