The captain of the Turkish-flagged ship Kafkametler reported on Sunday morning that his vessel was drifting towards a breakwater near the city of Eregli in northwestern Turkey. — The container ship sank after hitting the breakwater, said the country’s Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya.
The region was hit by powerful storms on Sunday. According to the Zonguldak provincial governor’s office, the weather was so unfavorable that it prevented rescue ships from launching an immediate search operation.
Rescue teams were dispatched to the site on Monday. — The body of one sailor has been found, and the search for the remaining 11 is ongoing, said the head of the Turkish Interior Ministry, quoted by AFP.
The waves reached nine meters. Another ship broke in half
The ship Kafkametler was carrying ferrosilicon, an alloy used in steel production. It sailed from the Russian port of Tiemriuk in the Krasnodar Krai to Aliaga in Turkey.
The storm in the Black Sea lasted all night from Sunday to Monday. The wind speed was 130 km/h and the waves reached up to nine meters.-
AFP reported that on Sunday, service representatives rescued the Turkish crew of a Cameroon-flagged ship that broke in half and sank in the same region.