10 Dead After Cargo Vessels Catch Fire in Kerch Strait

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Crew members jump into the sea to escape the blaze near Crimea, which erupted during a fuel transfer, says The Guardian.

What happened?

Two cargo ships under the Tanzanian flag – Candy (Venice) and Maestro, caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russia’s transport ministry said on Monday.

Ships had a combined total of 31 crew members. Of them, 16 were Turkish citizens and 15 from India, it said.

Cause for the blaze

The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the blaze erupted while fuel was being pumped from one vessel to another and there were stormy conditions in the sea when the incident happened.

Rescue operation

The ministry said earlier on Monday that crew members were jumping into the sea to escape the blaze.

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued. A search is underway for seven missing crew members.

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Source: theguardian

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