Mongolian-flagged dry cargo vessel splits in half off Istanbul coast
ISTANBULA Mongolian-flagged dry cargo vessel built in 1975 split in half off the coast of the Istanbul district of Sarıyer late on Aug. 26.
The 114-meter freighter, named “Leonardo,” was heading for repairs before splitting in half off of Demirciköy.
Eleven crew of the dry cargo vessel were rescued by coastal safety units dispatched from eight coast guard vessels.
The rescued crew members were disembarked to the Rumeli Feneri region and later transferred to nearby hospitals for initial health checks.
Coastal safety teams managed to moor one part of the dry cargo vessel to the Türkeli anchorage, while the remainder is in the water gradually sinking.