x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Three crew members rescued after cargo ship sinks in Istanbul storm

The ship was carrying coal when it sank off the small port of Sile, which lies northeast of the city of Istanbul.

ISTANBUL // A cargo ship with 12 crew on board sank yesterday in a thunderstorm in the Black Sea off Turkey, maritime authorities said, adding that three people had been rescued.

The ship was carrying coal when it sank off the small port of Sile, which lies northeast of the city of Istanbul.

Rescue boats were dispatched to find the missing crew members – 11 Ukrainians and a Russian – and three have been saved, Turkey's maritime authority said, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Anatolia said the Saint Kitts and Nevis flagged freighter, the Volga-Balt 199, had sent out a distress signal before disappearing off radar screens.

The Istanbul coast guard dispatched rescue services and a helicopter to the scene, it said, adding that the ship had been travelling from Russia to Turkey's popular Mediterranean resort of Antalya.

Another freighter, the BBC Adriatic, was also in difficulty off the coast of Kilyos, a beach resort in northwest Istanbul, according to the maritime authority.

The heavy thunderstorm has disrupted sea traffic in Istanbul, leading to the cancellation of ferries across the Bosphorus.