Three killed after coast guard boat capsizes off Istanbul’s Bosphorus
ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency
AA photoThree of seven coast guard crew members were killed on Aug. 17 when a coast guard boat capsized off Istanbul’s Bosphorus after crashing into a dry cargo vessel heading toward the Black Sea.
The rescue team managed to rescue all seven crew members from the sea. However, private Sinan Göktaş, non-commissioned officer Yavuz Şahin, and First Lt. Rıza Yücel succumbed to their injuries at hospital.
In addition, Specialized Sgt. Enver Çetin and Bülent Demirkaya and privates Ayhan Akgönül and M. Nuri Karaca are been receiving treatment at hospital.
The vessel headed on its course north to the Black Sea after the accident and dropped anchor off the Sarıyer shore.
Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin had earlier announced that five crew members were rescued while another was still missing.
The rescue team initially managed to rescue three crew members from the boat. Another four were later rescued and received initial treatment on sea ambulance.
Traffic in Bosphorus, a key international shipping lane for oil and grain, was suspended after the accident.
More than 3 percent of the global crude supply, mainly from Russia and the Caspian Sea, passes through the 17-mile Bosphorus that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara.