Saturday, September 15, 2007
Turkey's Deputy Trabzon Governor Mehmet Ozmen said on Friday that 31 people, who were in a ship that sank in the Black Sea some 39 miles off Trabzon, were rescued. Panama-flagged Ro-Ro ship "Sunny Day", carrying 28 trucks, sank at 3:22 p.m. (1222 GMT) on Friday because of bad weather conditions and storm on its way from Trabzon in northeastern Turkey to Russia's Sochi Port, Ozmen was quoted as saying by Turkish semi-official Anatolia news agency.Ozmen said that there were 20 crew members and 11 truck drivers in the ship, adding, "21 people in the ship were brought to Trabzon by helicopters belonging to the Turkish Armed Forces. Among those who were slightly injured are under medical treatment in various hospitals." "The remaining 10 people will be brought to Trabzon with a rescue ship," according to the governor.