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Two crew members die after Russian dry cargo ship sinks off Turkish coast

Five people have been rescued, Bartin Province Governor Sinan Guner said

ANKARA, January 17. /TASS/. At least two crew members of a Russian dry cargo ship, which sank off the Turkish coast in the Black Sea on Sunday, were killed, Bartin Province Governor Sinan Guner said.

"There were 13 people onboard the dry cargo ship - all of them Russian citizens. By now five people have been rescued and two bodies of those dead have been found," the governor said, according to the Anadolu news agency.

An effort to rescue another six people is underway, according to Guner.

Russia’s Embassy in Ankara told TASS the diplomats were working to find out the fate of the crew. The vessel sank near Inkumu, in the Bartin Province. The reasons of the incident are being clarified.

The Turkish Navy has sent a frigate to take part in the search effort, the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.