Rescue Efforts Underway For Crew members After Cargo Ship Sinks

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  • Rescue teams in north-west Turkiye are working to rescue the crew of a cargo ship that has sank in the Sea of Marmara.
  • The cargo vessel was starting to sink due to adverse weather and sea conditions.

Turkey launched a search and rescue mission after a cargo ship with six crew members on board sank on Thursday in the Turkish inland Sea of Marmara, off Istanbul, amid high waves, reports ABC News.

SAR for sunken ship

The 69-meter-long cargo ship, was carrying dolomite used to manufacture cement, to the Turkish port of Gemlik when it sank, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Abdulkadir Uraloglu said.

Rescue boats were dispatched to the area after the vessel issued a distress signal before dawn and communications with it were lost, the minister said.

A helicopter was placed on stand by, unable to travel to the area due to adverse weather conditions, he added.

Coast guard crews meanwhile, found an empty life raft in the area where the vessel is believed to have sunk, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

All missing crew members are believed to be Turkish nationals.

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Source: ABC News