Cargo Ship With Ukrainians Sinks Near the Black Sea Coast of Turkey

Four Ukrainians died

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07.01.2019
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Four Ukrainians died on Jan. 7 after a coal ship sent a distress signal near the northern coast of Turkey, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, Andriy Sybiha wrote on Twitter.

The coastguard said that a distress signal was received regarding a “possible sinking” of the ship. Sybiha said that this was due to the weather.

“Unfortunately, (coast guards) didn’t manage to rescue four of our citizens,” Sybiha said.

The Panama-flagged cargo ship, which departed from the Russian port in the Azov Sea, sent out a distress signal around 148 kilometers or 92 miles off the shores of the Turkish province Samsun.

According to a report from the  the Samsun governor’s office, thirteen crew members were on the bulk carrier, including nine Ukraine nationals, two Azerbaijan nationals and two Russians. However, this afternoon, Sybiha stated on Twitter that 11 members of the crew were Ukrainians.

He also wrote that seven injured Ukrainians were sent to various hospitals in Samsun.

The Russian embassy denied that Russians were onboard.

The operation was carried out with the help of an airplane, two helicopters and two boats.

Source UATV
date 07.01.2019
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