Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Ship and rescue boat sink off Istanbul

05 December 2012, 11:05

Ankara - A cargo ship sank in a severe storm on Tuesday in the Black Sea and a rescue boat searching for its missing crew hit nearby rocks and also went down. At least three people were killed and 10 others were missing in the two sinkings, officials said.

The St Kitts and Nevis-flagged ship, Volgo Balt 199, with 11 Ukrainian and one Russian crew members aboard, was sailing to the Turkish port of Antalya from Russia when it sank off the coast of Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The vessel was carrying coal.

Search and rescue teams saved four members of the cargo ship, recovered one body and were searching for seven other crewmen when one of the rescue boats hit rocks and also sank, killing two of the rescuers, Turkey's Transport Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters. Three other rescue team members were also missing.

Tug boats, meanwhile, were dispatched to try and help a second cargo ship that was in danger of being overturned by high waves further west off the coast of Istanbul.

Private NTV television footage showed that ship - the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged BBC Adriatic with 14 crew members - being battered in the stormy waters.

"The sea conditions are very rough, which is making the rescue operation very difficult," Salih Orakci, who heads Turkey's Coastal Safety authority, told NTV television. "[But] God willing, we will save that ship."

Orakci said the Volgo Balt 199 had not sent any distress signal and disappeared off the radar on Tuesday.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave ODM if you are unhappy, Rai...

Leave ODM if you are not happy, Raila Odinga tells Senator. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Former Assistant Minister joins J...

A former Assistant Minister has quit PNU and joined the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto intervenes as Kerio Valle...

DP William Ruto will visit Kerio Valley to try solve never-ending clashes between local residents. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be careful who you deal with, DP ...

Watch out for your political future, DP William Ruto has been warned. Read more...