One Killed, Cargo Ship Sinks After Collision Near Bosphorus Strait

Mike Schuler
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July 22, 2015

Search and rescue following the collision near Riva. Photo: General Directorate of Coast Safety


A Turkish-flagged cargo ship sank following a collision with a freighter near the entrance to the Bosphorus Strait on the Black Sea side, killing one crew member.

The Turkish General Directorate of Coast Safety reports that the MV Sengul-K collided with the MV Akel near the town of Riva early Wednesday morning, sinking the Akel.

Eight people were rescued, including one injured, and the body of a ninth person was recovered by search and rescue crews a few hours later.

Wednesday incident is the latest for the greater Turkish Straits area. On Monday, a cargo ship allided with a shoreside villa, resulting in severe damage to the house and a few hour closure of the busy Bosphorus Strait.

Earlier this year, a Liberian-flagged tanker ran aground near Istanbul, a cruise ship and a tanker collided in the Dardanelles Strait, and a cargo ship carrying fertilizer ran aground also in the Dardanelles Strait.

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