VIDEO Cargo breaks in two and sinks, three dead

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freighter sinksA Palau-flagged cargo ship broke in two and sank off the coast of Turkey’s Black Sea province of Bartin, and three crew members were found dead at sea, the local governor said.

Bartin Governor Sinan Guner said the dry cargo ship, ARVIN (built 46 years ago), sank off the coast of the Inkumu region in bad weather conditions. According to the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, rescue teams managed to save 9 of the 12 crew members-all Ukrainian nationals-and recover the lifeless bodies of the other three.

The ship, which was anchored within the administrative boundaries of the Bartin Port Authority due to bad weather conditions, split in half and sank. In a statement, Turkey’s Ministry of National Defense announced that the country’s navy has deployed a frigate to support rescue efforts.

In this video we show you the moment when the ship breaks in two.

Based on initial reconstructions, it would appear that an internal explosion attributable to flammable material, combined with the challenging weather conditions and possibly the age of the freighter, caused the rupture.


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