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Turkish coaster Bilal Bal sank in Black Sea, 11 missing

A Turkish cargo ship with 10 crew and one passenger on board sank in the Black Sea off Sile province near Asian side of Istanbul early on Wednesday morning, according to the coast guard. 

Turkish coaster Bilal Bal sank in Black Sea, 11 missing
01 November 2017 - 17:01

A Turkish cargo ship with 10 crew and one passenger on board sank in the Black Sea off Sile province near Asian side of Istanbul early on Wednesday morning, according to the coast guard. 

The cause was still unclear. The 78 meters-long, 1974-built ship, Bilal Bal, was carrying 3050 tons of cast iron from Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa to the northern province of Zonguldak, the Kaptan Haber news agency reported. 

“Unfortunately, one of our cargo ships sank in ... the Black Sea,” Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. Search and rescue operations were continuing, he said. 

Three boats, one helicopter and one plane belonging to the coast guard were conducting search and rescue operations, according the coast guard.

Empty lifeboats had been found as well as some life jackets, the coast guard said. 

Five boats more were deployed to aid in the operations, as well as a remotely operated underwater vehicle from the Turkish naval forces, it said.

 

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