Burning vessels in Kerch Strait: number of victims increased up to 14

Source : 112 Ukraine

Both ships have sunk
23:36, 21 January 2019

The number of the victims of the fire occurred on the board of two vessels near Kerch Strait increased up to 14 as Kerch.FM reported.

As of 20:45 at Kyiv time, 12 sailors were rescued from the burning vessels. 14 people were taken out of the water without signs of life, another 5 sailors believed missing.

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Saved sailors are taken to Kerch hospital with body cooling and frost damage.

The preliminary reason for the explosion at one of the vessels is the violation of the safety rules during the passage of the fuel by the sailors.

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Two vessels under the flag of Tanzania were on fire near Kerch Strait. The crew of both vessels evacuated on water after the fire occurred. 17 people were on the board of “Сandy” vessel (nine citizen of Turkey and eight citizens of India) and 14 people were on the board of “Maestro” vessel (seven citizen of Turkey and seven citizens of India).

As we reported the SUROV cargo ship under the flag of Mongolia, which moved from Turkish port to Russian “Kavkaz” port, ran aground. 

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Earlier, two ships collided in the Sea of AzovLady Mary cargo vessel under the flag of Tonga carried out a maneuver near a moored vessel Azov Concord under the flag of Malta; its propeller stuck in the anchor chain of the Maltese vessel.  

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