The Far Eastern Shipping Company said the Krasin icebreaker has begun preparations to tow the ice-trapped Sodruzhestvo fishery vessel into clear waters in the Sea of Okhotsk.

An additional ice-breaker, the Admiral Makarov, is also heading towards the area.

The Sodruzhestvo is the last of three vessels to be rescued that became lodged in 2m-thick ice on 31 December, according to