Ship runs aground in Turkey amid stormy conditions triggering tricky evacuation

Turkish emergency services were called into action to help evacuate 16 crew from an old general cargo ship that ran aground to the east of the Bosphorus.

The 1983-built Natalia suffered a mechanical failure on a laden voyage from Crimea to Turkey in stormy conditions. The ship ran aground and the crew were forced to evacuate in difficult circumstances where the high winds made a helicopter rescue impossible.

Video footage of the rescue operation showed crewmembers being brought to safety one-by-one with the help of a winch system extended from the shore as high waves battered the ship.

The ship is still aground today as authorities consider how to refloat it.




Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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