Russian warship collides with freighter in Black Sea

Reconnaissance vessel collides with Togo-flagged boat near Turkish coast and has started sinking, officials say

Russian Navy’s reconnaissance ship Liman, of the Black Sea fleet, is pictured in the Bosphorus last year.

A Russian naval reconnaissance warship has collided with a Togo-flagged boat near Turkey’s Black Sea coast and started sinking, prompting an evacuation.

A Turkish coastal safety official said all 78 crew members had been evacuated from the Russian ship. The official did not give any details on the Togo-flagged ship, or the condition of its crew.

Coastguard and emergency teams were dispatched to the crash site, 25 miles north-west of the Bosphorus Strait.

Russia’s defence ministry said its vessel, the Liman, has a hole as a result of the collision. The ministry statement said none of the crew members was hurt.

Shipping agent GAC said the Liman and the other vessel collided in fog and low visibility.

The Liman is a former research vessel that the Russian navy has retro-fitted into a reconnaissance ship.

In February, military sources told Russian media that it would be observing Nato’s Sea Shield exercise in the Black Sea.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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