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Crew of tanker Delfi in Odesa can be forcibly evacuated

According to the representative of Regional State Administration, this issue is now being resolved
15:04, 22 November 2019

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In Odesa, the issue of the forced evacuation of three crew members of the tanker "Delfi", which ran aground to save people’s lives, is being decided.  Sailors on the ship ran out of drinking water and no electricity.  the representative of the Odesa Regional State Administration Denis Sokolov in a comment to the 112 Ukraine TV channel noted this.

"The owner of the vessel allegedly forbids them. It is impossible to contact him because he is not in Ukraine, he is not Ukrainian. As it turned out, this is a vessel of ‘gray’ registration, that is, it is virtually unknown how it turned out to be here. And they are afraid that they will not be given salaries, they will have some kind of financial sanctions, and they refuse to give the SOS signal. Therefore, now the issue of forced evacuation is being decided in order to save the lives of people, " - Sokolov said.

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He added that the Odesa Regional Administration acts as a coordinator.  There are power outages on the ship.

“They can’t actually send the SOS signal. They’re drifting for two days, we found out later because they just didn’t report about it. They turned off the transponders about their movement. They don’t have water anymore, their morale is simply reduced, and they refuse to engage in dialogue," - Sokolov said.

As we reported, late evening, November 21, a Turkish Airlines Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at Odesa International Airport, landing on its belly.

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