Censor.NET reports citing the statement by the emergency service agency (EMERCOM of Russia) based in Russian-occupied Crimea.
"The first survivor in a life jacket with signs of severe hypothermia was found at 5:34 a.m. and taken aboard Armada Navigator vessel.
"The EMERCOM aviation was also involved in the search and rescue operation: a helicopter with three rescuers on board took off from Rostov-on-Don (the Russian Federation) at 6:57 a.m. to carry out air surveillance. The operation is complicated by severe weather conditions including strong south-west wind gusts up to 20 meters per second and raging storm of force four," the statement reads.
According to the latest update, there were 12 crew members on board the ship including nine Ukrainians, two Russians and one Georgian.
The rescuers are currently examining the coastline between Kerch and Cape Chauda.