Turkish rescue teams are searching for 11 missing crew members of a cargo ship that sunk off the Black Sea coast during storms. At least nine people have died, including one crew member. The Turkish-flagged Kafkametler, with 12 crew members on board, sank off the coast of Eregli in northwest Turkey’s Zonguldak province. The body of one crew member has been retrieved, while the others remain missing.
The ship’s captain reported on Sunday morning that the ship was drifting toward a breakwater at Eregli. It is suspected that the vessel hit the structure. Powerful storms hit the region on Sunday, preventing air and sea vessels from carrying out searches until Monday morning. Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya stated that the storms and flooding across Turkey over the weekend resulted in the deaths of four people in the southeastern province of Batman, three people in Zonguldak, and one person in Diyarbakir.
The search for the missing crew members continues, while the storm-related deaths in various provinces of Turkey are being reported.