Zelensky asks Macron to continue search of Ukrainians lost during Bourbon Rhode sinking

Bourbon Rhode sank on September 26 in the Atlantic ocean
18:57, 7 October 2019

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky asked French President Emmanuel Macron to continue searches of six Ukrainians who were on the board of Bourbon Rhode vessel as the presidential press service reported.

Zelensky added that for him “the most expensive value is the life of every Ukrainian”.

“However, the fate of six Ukrainians remain to be unknown. I appeal to you, Mr. President (Emmanuel Macron, -, also on behalf of the families of Ukrainian citizens - victims of this tragedy, to continue the search and rescue operation and to assume extra measures if necessary,” Zelensky said.

Related: Three crew members of disappeared Bourbon Rhode vessel rescued, two of them Ukrainians

Earlier Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported that Bourbon Rhode ship disappeared as a result of a storm in Atlantic Ocean. The citizens of Ukraine were among the crew members of the vessel. The ship was heading for Georgetown from the Canary Islands and got into a cyclone. 

Earlier Melita cargo ship under the flag of the Russian Federation entered the territorial waters of Ukraine due to stormy weather. After the questioning, according to the protocol, the ship was sent along a safe route to the destination.

Related: Vessel with 14 Ukrainians on board detained in Russia

The vessel was promptly found aboard the Tendra Spit, its crew was questioned according to the protocol with the help of the Maritime Security of the State Border Service of Ukraine. It was done despite the formal grounds for detaining the vessel (violation of the state border of Ukraine, AIS system turned off), taking into account the circumstances and in accordance with the provisions of the International Convention on Territorial Sea, UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, to the professional actions.

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