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Turkish Cargo Ship Vanishes in Violent Black Sea Storm

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Turkish Cargo Ship Vanishes in Violent Black Sea Storm

In the midst of a violent storm off Turkey's Black Sea coast, a Turkish cargo ship identified as 'Kafkametler' vanished without trace. The ship, carrying 12 crew members and a cargo of ferrosilicon, was last reported drifting perilously close to a breakwater off Eregli, located in the northwest Zonguldak province of Turkey. The inclement weather conditions have severely hampered the immediate launch of search and rescue operations.

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Unsuccessful Contact Attempts

Upon encountering the severe storm, the ship made a distress call, which was the last known communication from the vessel. The ship had embarked on its journey from the Russian port of Temryuk, headed for Aliaga in Turkey. Despite all efforts, attempts to re-establish contact with the ship have been unsuccessful due to the prevailing adverse weather conditions.

Widespread Impact of the Storm

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The violent storm has not only resulted in the disappearance of the Kafkametler but also wrought havoc across Turkey. Another ship flying the flag of Cameroon was literally torn in two by the violent waves off Eregli. Fortunately, the entire crew of this vessel was safely evacuated before the ship succumbed to the storm. The extreme weather has caused widespread damage and significant disruptions across the country, demonstrating its devastating power.

Awaiting Improved Weather Conditions

Presently, local authorities, including search and rescue teams, are on the standby, prepared to commence operations as soon as the weather allows. The world watches with bated breath as the fate of the 12 missing crew members hangs in the balance, a stark reminder of the relentless and unpredictable nature of the sea.

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