Turkish cargo ship sinks after colliding with ship flying Belize flag

By Alexis R. Milan
Staff Reporter

A Turkish cargo-ship sank after it collided with a Belizean-flagged vessel off the coast of Italy last Sunday, leaving two people dead and four more missing.

The cargo vessel Gokbel sank after it collided with the Belize-flagged Lady Aziza two miles from Italy’s Port of Ravenna in the north of the Adriatic Sea at about 9:30 a.m. local time on Sunday.

Ravenna Mayor, Fabrizio Matteucci said the accident took place when one of the ships was leaving the port and the other one was entering. He said the collision was due to low visibility caused by heavy fog.

Five members of the 11-member-crew were rescued but two of the crew members have died. The search for the other four still missing has been difficult due to severe weather conditions. A chopper was called in to assist in the search but the search had to be postponed due to the weather.

The 290-foot Turkish cargo ship went down after colliding with the 320-foot Lady Aziza, which is still seaworthy and has been brought to port as part of the investigation, Matteucci said. No one was hurt aboard the Lady Aziza.

Turkey’s consul-general in Milan said that the crew members who were rescued are in good condition, despite receiving minor injuries. The rescued crew members will be transported back to Turkey after being discharged from the hospital.

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