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17 dead in Russian oil rig accident

The death toll from the oil rig accident off Russia's east coast has risen to 17 people.

A spokeswoman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry said rescue teams had recovered six bodies from the Sea of Okhotsk where the floating oil platform capsized and sank on Sunday.

Of the 67 men aboard, 14 were rescued from the icy water; 36 men are still missing and chances of finding them alive are small.

The Kolskaya floating platform was being towed back to a Sakhalin Island port in a fierce storm when a strong wave broke some of its equipment and portholes, and it capsized in the choppy water.

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