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Six dead after ship sinks off Turkey's coast: State media

AFP  |  Ankara 

Six crew members were killed after a Panama-flagged cargo ship sank off coast on Monday, state agency reported.

Osman Kaymak, of the northern Turkish province of Samsun, told that seven others were rescued after the Volgo Balt 214 vessel encountered trouble 80 nautical miles from and had sent a distress call at 8:10 am (0510 GMT).

The crew members found alive were taken to hospital.

The governor's office had initially said there were a total of 13 crew members, including nine Ukrainians, two Azerbaijanis and two Russians.

But the Russian embassy in said on that there were no Russians on board and Kiev's to Ankara, Andriy Sybiha, said there were 11 Ukrainian crew members.

He also said four Ukrainian citizens were among the dead.

The cause of the incident was not given by Turkish authorities but Sybiha said on that the ship "sank off the coast of due to weather conditions".

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:40 IST