Turkish container ship runs aground off Greek island

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Crew rescued by coastguard after water floods engine room

Crew rescued by coastguard after water floods engine room

KOMOTINI, Greece – Fourteen sailors had to be rescued after a Turkish cargo ship ran aground near the Greek island of Mykonos on Friday night.

The 6,928-deadweight tonne container ship, the `Yusuf Cepnioglu`, had been anchored at a port in the western Turkish city of Izmir en route to Tunisia.

The ship, with 14 personnel aboard, ran aground on the northwestern shore of Mykonos at 03:30 GMT on Friday night.

The Greek coast guard announced that 11 of the crew were rescued by coast guard boats. Helicopters were sent to the scene to rescue the remaining three. There were no reports of any injuries.

The ship, which was carrying 204 containers, ran ashore after its engine room took on water.

An Anadolu Agency correspondent at the scene has reported seeing marine pollution near the shore.

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