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Ten rescued after Turkish cargo ship runs aground

Istanbul: Ten crew were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard yesterday when a small bulker, the Gulf Rio (3,700 dwt, built 1986), ran aground off the coast of Samsun, northern Turkey.

Helicopters came to the seafarers’ rescue after high waves prevented boats from reaching the scene.

The crew members, who are nationals of Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Lithuania, received medical attention upon going ashore.

The Gulf Rio began to drift when one of its two anchors broke free early on Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard said. The vessel was on its way from Ukraine and was carrying soybeans.

The St Kitts & Nevis-flagged vessel is operated by Turkey’s Pasifik Lojistik Grubu; its registered owner is Global Oceanways SA. [08/01/15]

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