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Storms Delay Seek for 12 Crew Lacking After Turkish Cargo Ship Sinks in Black Sea



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Extreme storms have delayed a search-and-rescue operation for 12 crew members of a cargo ship that sank off Turkey’s Black Coastline, Inside Minister Ali Yerlikaya stated Monday.

The Turkish-flagged Kafkametler sank on Sunday after hitting a breakwater exterior the harbor off the city of Eregli, some 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Istanbul, Yerlikaya informed reporters. He stated rescue crews have been on standby ready for the climate situations to ease to start a rescue mission.


“Sadly, we couldn’t perform search-and-rescue actions for the 12 Turkish crew members,” Yerlikaya stated. “As quickly as situations enhance the search- and-rescue operations will start instantly.” (Editor’s notice: Later information stories revealed that the physique of the ship’s prepare dinner had been discovered which left 11 crew members nonetheless lacking).

The extreme storms that hit northwestern Turkey precipitated widespread injury and disruption on Sunday, together with the breakup of one other cargo ship and the evacuation of a jail.


The Cameroon-flagged Pallada “broke into two attributable to heavy climate situations” after operating aground amid 5-meter (16-foot) waves off Eregli, the Maritime Normal Directorate stated. All 13 crew have been rescued safely.

Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc stated prisoners had been transferred from Eregli’s jail to surrounding amenities attributable to rising water ranges.


Elsewhere in Turkey, two individuals have been killed after being swept by flood waters attributable to heavy rains within the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir and Batman, Yerlikaya stated. Some 50 individuals have been harm within the floods.

In neighboring Bulgaria, gale-force winds and heavy rain and snow claimed the lives of two individuals on Sunday and disrupted energy provides. Officers declared a state of emergency within the Black Sea metropolis of Varna.


{Photograph}: A view of a Cameroon-flagged Pallada rests amongst rocks on the sea shore in Eregli, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 20, 2023. The Cameroon-flagged Pallada broke into two attributable to heavy climate situations after operating aground in 5-meter (16-foot) waves off Eregli, the Maritime Normal Directorate stated. All 13 crew have been rescued safely (IHA by way of AP)

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