VIDEO: 198 people rescued after car ferry runs aground off Gallipoli
ÇANAKKALE - Doğan News Agency
AA photosThe Turkish Coast Guard has evacuated 198 passengers from a car ferry, 14 hours after it ran aground off the Gallipoli peninsula in western Turkey.
The ferry, “Gökçeada-1,” had a total of 209 people on board, including 198 passengers and 11 crew, when it became beached on April 18 during a storm near the Kuzulimanı harbor off the Aegean island of Gökçeada.
“The reason for the grounding is not clear. There are no injuries, with no problems at the moment. There are passengers and vehicles on board. A tug from Çanakkale will tow the ferry into port,” Çanakkale Governor Ahmet Çınar said in a statement before the rescue operation on April 19.
The evacuation of all passengers was completed on April 20, while crew members and 40 vehicles remained on board the stricken ship.
An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident.