The operation for the sailors from burning vessels in the Black Sea near Kerch Strait was transferred from rescue to search, as there is no chance to find anybody alive, Interfax reported citing the press office of Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot).
It was decided today in the morning. The interlocutor of the agency added that fire was not put out.
It was reported that gas tankers Maestro and Venice (earlier Candy), which caught fire near Kerch Strait were involved in the illegal supplies of gas to Syria starting from 2016.
As we reported two vessels under the flag of Tanzania were on fire near Kerch Strait. The crew of both vessels was evacuated on water after the fire occurred. 17 people were on the board of “Сandy” vessel (nine citizens of Turkey and eight citizens of India) and 14 people were on the board of “Maestro” vessel (seven citizens of Turkey and seven citizens of India).
The number of the victims increased up to 14 people. 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.
Earlier the SUROV cargo ship under the flag of Mongolia, which moved from Turkish port to Russian “Kavkaz” port, ran aground.