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Bulgarian cargo ship sinks in Sea of Azov, at least 4 dead

Bulgarian cargo ship sinks in Sea of Azov, at least 4 dead 05.01.2008
At least four people died and one was rescued from board of a Bulgarian dry cargo ship, which sank in the Sea of Azov on the border between Russia and Ukraine, local rescue service said Thursday.

The Bulgarian ship, Vanessa, carrying a cargo of iron, with 11 crew members, of whom 10 are Bulgarian citizens and one a citizen of Ukraine, sank at 6.00 a.m. Moscow time (3 a.m. GMT) in the Sea of Azov, about 30 miles away from the Kerch Strait.

"Four bodies were lifted on board of rescue vessel Mercury, the fifth crew member is alive, but he is frost-bitten," a spokesman from the naval rescue service in Novorossiisk said.

The relief operation has been currently stopped due to bad weather conditions and will be resumed as soon as the storm in the area settles down, he added.

Last November a storm in the Kerch Strait sank four ships and an oil tanker. At least six sailors died. The incident resulted in about 2,000 metric tons of fuel oil spilling into the sea

RIA Novosti

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