The cause of the schooner's sinking was not immediately known and it occurred just off Kunashir Island, emergency official Alexandra Vasichkina said. She said 12 members of the vessel's crew were rescued, one was found dead and another remained missing, reports AP.
A search effort for the missing crewman was under way, Vasichkina said.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building