Russian navy ship sinks in Black Sea

2017-04-27 16:02
A file picture of the Russian navy's reconnaissance frigate Liman. (Efrem Lukatsky, AP)

A file picture of the Russian navy's reconnaissance frigate Liman. (Efrem Lukatsky, AP)

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Moscow - A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank on Thursday after it collided with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew were rescued, the Defence Ministry said.

Turkey's coastal safety authority said all 78 personnel from the Russian frigate Liman were safe, as were all crew aboard the freighter, the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H. The freighter was carrying livestock.

The Defence Ministry said a hole was punched in the starboard side of the Liman during the collision, which occurred around about 40km northwest of the Bosphorus Strait. The cause of the collision wasn't immediately clear.

The Liman was part of the Black Sea Fleet. The Interfax news agency reported that it spent much of the winter in the Mediterranean off the coast of Syria and returned to the Black Sea to monitor Nato exercises in February.

The rescued Russian sailors were all aboard a Turkish rescue vessel and would be picked up by a nearby Russian cargo ship, the Ulus Star, the ministry said.


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