All of the rescued Russian naval personnel on board of an intelligence ship that sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast on April 27 after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock, have returned to Russia by plane, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım spoke with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, by phone at 7:00 p.m., expressing his sadness over the incident, Doğan News Agency has reported. Meanwhile, Medvedev expressed his gratitude for rescuing all the 78 personnel from the collision.
Meanwhile, the Togo-flagged freighter Youzarsif H. was given permission to sail to Romania as it was carrying livestock. The decision was made due to the health condition of the animals on the ship, according to officials.
The Togo-flagged livestock carrier was built in 1977 and has a capacity of 2,418 tons, according to Thomson Reuters shipping data.
It is managed by Nejem Co. Marine Services, according to the data.
Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan confirmed that all Russian personnel were rescued safely, saying that the cause of the collision was due to foggy weather condition.
The collision was caused due to fog and low visibility, the Turkish shipping agency GAC said.
The Bosphorus, which cuts through Istanbul, is one of the world’s most important waterways for transit of oil and grains. The 31-kilometer waterway connects the Black Sea to the Marmara on the way to the Mediterranean.