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Russian freighter runs aground off Turkish coast

The crew has expressly steered the vessel towards a sandbank, so it would not sink because of a huge hole in the hull. The ship was damaged when scraping the seabed of a strait between local islands.

Russian freighter runs aground off Turkish coast
05 October 2010 - 19:10

The Sail Queen dry-cargo freighter under the Russian flag has run aground in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast.

The crew has expressly steered the vessel towards a sandbank, so it would not sink because of a huge hole in the hull. The ship was damaged when scraping the seabed of a strait between local islands.

The impact caused leakage that the crew was unable to fix.

The vessel is currently in shallow waters, with none of its 16-strong crew (citizens of Russia and Ukraine) reported injured.

The Sail Queen was transporting steel products from Turkey to Rostov on Don in southern Russia.    

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