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Russian cargo ship sinks in the Black Sea, rescue underway

A Russian-flagged cargo ship has sunk off Turkey’s Black Sea coast and emergency workers are out rescuing the crew, an official says.

The Turkish coast guard says the ship is called ARVIN and the ship’s crew are on lifeboats, according to the official Anadolu news agency.

The governor of Bartin province announces the shipwreck off Inkumu in northern Turkey and says rescue efforts have reached least three crewmembers out of the 15 who are on three lifeboats. Governor Sinan Guner says there are no reports of deaths.

The area has been buffeted by heavy rains, snow and strong winds.

“The weather conditions are bad and the rescue teams are also having trouble getting out but they will,” he tells Anadolu.

Rescue workers from the coast guard and Turkey’s emergency authority are at the site. The governor says they have also requested help from civilian ships.

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