At Least Three Dead After Cargo Ship Sinks Near Turkey

FILE — A Turkish coast guard officer use binoculars as they patrol hours after they have apprehended migrants on the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, near Dikili, Turkey, April 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel)

A cargo ship sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast near the northern province of Bartin on Sunday, leaving at least three people dead, according to Turkish state media.

Emergency workers have rescued at least six of the 12 crew members from the ship, the Arvin, according to Sinan Guner, the governor of Bartin, who was quoted by the state-owned Anadolu Agency. Helicopters were dispatched to help with the efforts, Mr. Guner said.

Civilian ships had been asked to help with rescue efforts near the Inkumu district, Mr. Guner said, but the operation was complicated by bad weather. The Defense Ministry also said that it had dispatched a vessel to help evacuation efforts, local media reported.

“There is information that another three crew members were seen motionless in the rocks. We are trying to reach them via land,” Mr. Guner said.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Isabella Kwai

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