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
Destination TR IZM
Length / Beam 140 / 17 m
Current draught 3.8 m
Ship type Chemical/Oil Products Tanker
DURSUN ALI COSKUN Fishing Vessel
IMO number 8687294
Vessel Name DURSUN ALI COSKUN
Gross Tonnage 138
Year of Built 1985
Ship type Fishing Vessel
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