- Title: TURKEY: Rescue boat crashes into rocks as video captures the moment of impact
- Date: 4th December 2012
- Summary: SILE, TURKEY (DECEMBER 4, 2012) (REUTERS) VIEW OF RESCUE BOAT HITTING ROCKS RESCUE HELICOPTER IN AIR BOAT HITTING ROCKS WAVES ROLLING BOAT MAN TRYING TO RUN TO THE BOAT STOPPED BY WAVES HELICOPTER IN AIR BOAT HITTING ROCKS AMBULANCES AT SITE HELICOPTER IN AIR MAN TRYING TO RESIST WAVES BOAT HITTING ROCKS KILYOS, TURKEY (DECEMBER 4, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SHIP ANCHORED AT SEA VARIOUS OF WAVES HITTING SHIP
- Embargoed: 19th December 2012 12:00
- Location: Turkey
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Accidents
- Reuters ID: LVA8816M1QC0EDNXM04JO34RMHG6
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- Story Text: A rescue boat crashed into the rocks off Istanbul's Black Sea coast on Tuesday (December 4), two people died and three others were missing, Turkish private NTV reported.
The crew was dispatched for a search and rescue mission after a cargo vessel with 11 members on board sunk in a storm off Turkey's Black sea coast.
The Volgo Balt 199, which was carrying coal and had 11 Ukrainian and one Russian crew on board, sent an SOS signal at 0730 GMT off the town of Sile on Istanbul's provincial coast but all contact was then lost, shipping agent GAC Turkey said.
A helicopter and rescue boats were searching for the missing crew, while a second cargo ship with 14 crew members on board had experienced mechanical failure and was also at risk of sinking, GAC said. Television footage showed the second vessel listing heavily in high seas.
Sile lies about 40 km (25 miles) east of the northern end of the Bosporus Strait, the only maritime outlet for cargo from Black Sea countries, including Russian oil and grain.
Adverse weather conditions frequently force the strait's closure in winter, but GAC said the Bosporus remained open on Tuesday. About 10,000 vessels carrying 150 million tonnes of oil and petroleum products use the strait every year.
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