Cargo Ship With Ukrainians Sinks Near the Black Sea Coast of Turkey
Four Ukrainians died
Photo from Turkish Navy official website
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.
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.