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Ship Sinks In The Sea Of Marmara

Bursa Governor Mahmut Demirtaş noted that efforts are underway to rescue the crew of 6, who are believed to be Turkish citizens.

A rescue operation was launched for the crew of the 69-meter cargo ship that took water and sank in the Marmara Sea, southwest of İmralı Island.

In a statement made by the Directorate General of Coastal Safety, it was noted that KEGM-6 and KIYEM-4 fast lifeboats belonging to the General Directorate of Coastal Safety of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure were immediately directed to the scene for the 69-meter-long general cargo ship named “BATUHAN A”, which took on water southwest of the island.

Bursa Governor Mahmut Demirtaş told AA correspondent that following the incident, two teams from the General Directorate of Coastal Safety as well as a team from Bandırma district of Balıkesir were sent to the region.

Governor Demirtaş said, “Efforts are continuing intensively to rescue the crew of 6 people, who are considered to be Turkish citizens, on the ship that took on water and sank.”

Stating that the waves in the area where the ship sank approached 3 meters, Demirtaş said that the Coast Guard Command is coordinating the work at its compound in Mudanya district.

Demirtaş added that the Coast Guard Command and the General Directorate of Coastal Safety teams continue to work in the region.

Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure: An empty life raft has been found during the searches so far

In the statement made by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, it was stated that an emergency signal was received from the Cospat-Sarsat system at 06.32 from the 69-meter-long dry cargo ship Batuhan A with 6 crew members in the south west of İmralı Island in the Marmara Sea.

It was stated in the statement that the Coast Guard Command and the General Directorate of Coastal Safety (KEGM) sea and air elements were immediately directed to the region, and it was pointed out that the ships in the region were called via Turkish Radio.

In the statement, it was stated that the AIS signal received from the ship Batuhan A was interrupted at 07.12, and the following were recorded:

Due to the ship’s inability to respond to the calls, ‘Danger phase’ has been declared according to the relevant paragraph of the Search and Rescue Regulation. The ship in question sailed from Marmara Island to Gemlik at around 20.00 yesterday evening, loaded with cargo. Search and rescue activities are ongoing by all relevant elements. TCSG 25, TCSG 85, TCSG 313 boats, which have been deployed to the region for the ship named Batuhan A, continue to search. The helicopter could not take off due to weather conditions. An empty life raft was found during the searches so far. KEGM’s KEGK 6 and KIYEM 4 fast life saving boats also reached the scene and started search operations.

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