Cargo ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

A Palau-flagged dry cargo ship sunk off Turkey's Black Sea on Jan. 17, Bartın Governor Sinan Güner said. The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.

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A Palau-flagged dry cargo ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea on Jan. 17, according to a Turkish governor.

The ship, named ARVIN, sank off the İnkumu Coast of the northern Bartın province, said Sinan Güner.

According to the Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Ministry, rescue teams have so far managed to rescue six of 12 crew members – all Ukrainian nationals – and recover the lifeless bodies of two others.

The ship, which was anchored within the administrative boundaries of the Bartın Port Authority on Jan. 15 due to bad weather conditions, broke and sank on Jan. 17, the ministry said.

The ministry added that rescue efforts are underway to rescue the remainder of the crew.

In a statement, the Turkish National Defense Ministry announced that the country’s navy deployed a frigate to support the rescue effort.​​​​​​​