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Fishing boat sinks off Istanbul coast after colliding with tanker

Fishing boat sinks off Istanbul coast after colliding with tanker
ATurkish fishing boat sank off Istanbul's northern coast Friday after colliding with an oil tanker as dense fog reduced visibility, hampering maritime traffic near the city.

In a statement, the Istanbul Governor's Office said the fishing boat Dursun Ali Coşkun sank after colliding with the Russian-flagged oil tanker, Glard-2 off of Istanbul's Kilyos shore, where the Bosporus meets the Black Sea.

The statement added that three of the six crew members were rescued by other fishing boats nearby, while rescue teams launched search efforts to locate the three missing.

The 'Glard 2' was in collision with the Turkish fishing vessel 'Dursun Ali Coşkun' on Jan 10, 2020, at 3.35 a.m.

while approaching the anchorage north of Kilyos, Istanbul. five miles off the Turkish coast.

The tanker was en route from Rostov-on-Don to Izmir.

The fishing vessel sank within a few minutes, three of the six crew members were rescued by nearby other fishermen.

For the three missing, an SAR operation was launched by the Turkish Coastguard with the lifeboats 'Kiyem 5' and 'Kiyem 8' and the patrol boats 'SG-KB7427', 'KB-4318', 'TCSG-71', 'TCSG-906' and 'TCSG-505' as well as helicopters and divers and fishing boats in the vicinity. Heavy fog may have contributed to the accident.

The tanker anchored at the Istanbul Strait North Entrance.

M/T Glard 2  Chemical/Oil Products Tanker

IMO / MMSI      9687980 / 273322210

Flag                                Russia

Destination                      TR IZM

Callsign                           UGZA

Length / Beam                 140 / 17 m

Current draught               3.8 m

Ship type                        Chemical/Oil Products Tanker


IMO number                    8687294

Vessel Name                    DURSUN ALI COSKUN

Flag                                Turkey

Gross Tonnage                 138

Year of Built                     1985

Ship type                         Fishing Vessel



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