According to GMSKTS, at 21:27 January, a COSPAS-SARSAT emergency message was received from the fishing vessel Vostok, the shipowner of DV Fleet LLC, the Nevelsk registration port, the crew of 21 people were Russian citizens enroute from Busan port for fishing in the Sea of Japan, without cargo on board.
The emergency ARB-406 beacon triggered in coordinates Latitude N 41 53.6, Longitude E 131 31.6 (Sea of Japan). The shipowner is notified of the incident. The shipowner failed to establish a connection with the vessel. The ship is not positioned, does not respond to requests.

At 23:38 January 24, the "Emergengyr" operation was announced, Vladivostok's MRCC took over the coordination of the search and rescue operation. An alert has been given to the area of the Sea of Japan. From the port of Zarubino to the search area came "Velbot-144", the border guard of the FSB of Russia. At 3:35 on January 25 from the port of Vladivostok sailed the rescue vessel "Spasatel Zaborchikov" Primorsky branch of the FBU "Morspasluzhba Rosmorrechflot".

In the area of the accident, the search operations are carried out by the Fesco Diomid motor ship of the Far Eastern Shipping Company, the MI-8 helicopter of the Ministry of Emergencies and the MI-8 helicopter of the Ministry of Defense. In readiness for departure at the airport of Khabarovsk there is a BE-200 plane. Weather in the area: north wind 18-20 m/s, wave height 5 m.