Coal carrier sinks off northern coast of Turkey, 3 killed

Posted: 12/05/2012 in all marine news

From gCaptain –

At least three people were killed and nine others were missing after a cargoship with a Ukrainian and Russian crew sank in a storm off Istanbul’s Black Sea coast on Tuesday.

Two of those who died were rescuers killed when their boat hit rocks in swollen seas as they set off to search for survivors, shipping agency GAC Turkey said.

Two other members of that rescue team were missing. The Volgo Balt 199, which was carrying coal and had 11 Ukrainian and one Russian crew on board, sent an SOS signal at 0730 GMT off the town of Sile on Istanbul’s provincial coast but contact with the vessel was lost shortly afterwards.

“Four people were rescued from the ship and one person was found dead.

Rescue work continues to find others,” Transport Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters.

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