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Two Die as Turkish Rescuers Run Aground on Hunt for Sunken Ship

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) -- A Turkish coast guard vessel ran aground while searching for survivors of a coal ship that sank in the Black Sea, leaving at least two sailors dead and nine missing.

One Turkish rescuer and a crew member from the coal ship died, while another four crewmen were found alive, Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim said in televised remarks. Seven other coal crewmen were missing, Ankara-based Anatolia news agency reported today, citing officials, while two Turkish rescuers were also missing, it said.

The search was ordered after the Volgo Balt 199, flying the flag of St. Kitts & Nevis, disappeared off the coast of the Turkish resort town of Sile near Istanbul, Anatolia said. Eleven Ukrainians and one Russian were aboard the ship, which was carrying 3,300 metric tons of coal from Russia to the Turkish port of Antalya, it said.

The Russian owner of the ship, Solna Shipping & Trading Ltd., confirmed losing contact with the ship, according to Anatolia.

To contact the reporter on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at shacaoglu@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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