Two missing as cargo ship torn apart off Russian coast

13th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two crew members were listed as missing and 10 were rescued Sunday after a cargo ship flying a Tanzanian flag was torn in half in high seas off the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, rescuers said.

The ship broke into two while anchored off Sochi in strong winds, leaving sailors drifting in a section of the stern around 40 metres offshore, the regional branch of the emergency ministry said.

The ship was flying a Tanzanian flag, the ministry said, while Russian news agencies reported that the ship was Turkish.

In a dramatic rescue effort, emergency workers threw ropes to the drifting ship and 10 sailors managed to clamber to shore.

But search attempts to find the two missing sailors were called off later Sunday due to bad weather, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported, citing the transport ministry.

© 2011 AFP

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