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Two sailors have died and four are still missing after the shipwreck of Volga-Balt freighter in the Black Sea, off the coast of Turkey, reported today the office of the governor of Samsun province, which has coordinated the rescue.
The Turkish authorities received a shipwreck alert at dawn and sent two rescue ships, although one had to return due to bad weather, according to the statement accessible on the governor’s website.
A plane, four helicopters and other ships joined the operation and detected three life rafts with the surviving sailors of a crew of 13 people.
Hours later the helicopter rescue of 7 people was completed and two bodies were recovered, but 4 people were still missing, so the search operation continued.
The Volga-Balt 214 freighter, 113 meters long and flagged in Panama, routinely made the route between the Russian and Turkish ports of the Black Sea, according to data from maritime organizations.
According to the Turkish agency Anadolu, the ship was carrying a cargo of coal and broke in two for causes still unknown, before sinking about 80 miles from the port city of Samsun.
Source: Diario Vasco