Friday, August 26, 2005
The Turkish cargo ferry "Ufuk-1"which caught fire Thursday off the shore of Turkey's Black Sea city of Trabzon due to an unknown reason, is still on fire on Friday,the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported. The fire, which started from the ship's engine room, also spread to the deck and got bigger, Muzaffer Ermis, Trabzon Port's management director was quoted as saying. "We are losing the chance of saving the ship. In fact there is no team in eastern Black Sea which could put out the fire in the ship," Ermis added. The 53 passengers and crew aboard the ferry, which is sailing from Trabzon to Sochi, Russia, were rescued and brought to Trabzonon Thursday night, according to earlier reports.