Two vessels are on fire in Kerch Strait

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ten casualties reported
21:45, 21 January 2019

Two vessels, including LG tanker are on fire in Kerch Strait as TASS reported.

The ships under the flags of Tanzania are burning. The LG tanker was passing the cargo to the neighboring vessels. At the same time, the explosion occurred and the ship was caught on fire. Besides, the fire spread to the second ship.

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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).

According to Interfax, ten people died in the result of the fire. 14 people were saved from water and 10 sailors were found without signs of life. The fate of another seven sailors is unknown.

Related: Russia not to force Ukraine to refuse from using Kerch Strait, - Ukraine's Defense Minister

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

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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