Turkey: Cargo ship runs aground in stormy Black Sea
No casualties reported for ship off NE Istanbul, with 4 of 16 crew members so far rescued by Turkish Coast Guard
By Cigdem Alyanak
Heavy seas made a cargo ship run aground in the Black Sea off northeastern Istanbul early Wednesday, with all crew members rescued and no casualties reported, Turkish officials said.
At around 4.30 a.m. local time (0130GMT), the Natalia, a Comoro Islands-flagged cargo ship with a crew of 16, ran into trouble some two miles off Karaburun, a Black Sea peninsula in Sile, on the outskirts of Istanbul.
The ship dropped anchor, but as the captain sought no help, rescue boats held back close to a historic lighthouse, according to the Turkish Coast Guard.
After fixing an apparent mechanical problem, the ship started moving again towards the Istanbul
Coast guard boats have taken all of the ship’s crew off the ship.Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.