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Two of the others arrested are Vittorio Mirarchi, 34, and Felice Racaniello, 27. The names of the others were not released.

RUSSIA

Lifeboats found empty in search for crew

MOSCOW — Four lifeboats and an inflatable raft were found empty in frigid waters near where an oil rig sank off Russia’s eastern coast, rescuers said Tuesday, as hopes faded of rescuing the 39 men still missing.

The search continued for a third day, with an airplane, two helicopters and three ships scouring the Sea of Okhotsk where the rig capsized and sank on Sunday.

Of the 67 men aboard, 14 were rescued from the icy water.

The Emergencies Ministry said Tuesday that 11 bodies have been recovered and three objects believed to be bodies have been spotted but not yet retrieved.

There was no sign of the others.

From wire dispatches and staff reports