Turkish Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced on Monday that a Turkish cargo ship carrying a crew of 12 has sunk off the country's Black Sea coast during a storm yesterday, and authorities have been unable to establish contact with the crew, according to Reuters.
Earlier, the office of the governor of the Zonguldak province had stated that the captain of the ship, named "Kafkamıtı," flying the Turkish flag, had reported yesterday morning that the vessel was drifting toward a wave breaker off the Eregli area in the northwestern region of Turkey.
The Interior Minister stated that the ship sank after colliding with the wavebreaker. The region experienced severe storms yesterday.
The governor's office noted that adverse weather conditions prevented search and rescue aircraft and ships from conducting operations.
He further informed reporters, "When the bad weather conditions improve, search and rescue activities will commence immediately."
This incident highlights the dangers that maritime crews face during adverse weather conditions, and efforts are underway to locate and assist the missing crew members.