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Two Dead, Rescue Continues for Ship in Distress off Turkey's Coast


7Dnews London

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:40 GMT

Two people died and another four were missing after a coal ship sent a distress signal off the northern coast of Turkey on January 7th. 

The coast guard said the distress signal was received regarding a "possible sinking" of the ship and sent out from around 148 kilometres (92 miles) off the north-eastern Black Sea province of Samsun. Thirteen crew members were on the bulk carrier including nine Ukraine nationals, two Azerbaijan nationals and two Russians, the Samsun governor's office stated.

According to Reuters, seven members of the crew have been rescued so far while a search and rescue operation continued for the other four. The operation was being carried out by a plane, two helicopters and two boats, the coast guard informed, adding that one air force helicopter was also joining as back-up.