Search for 12 Missing Crew Members Halted by Intense Storms in Black Sea

by Sophia Chen
Black Sea Storms

Search for 12 Missing Crew Members Halted by Intense Storms in Black Sea

Intense storms have halted the search for 12 crew members missing from a Turkish cargo ship that sank in the Black Sea, as reported by Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya on Monday.

The vessel, named Kafkametler and flying the Turkish flag, met its demise near Eregli, approximately 200 kilometers (124 miles) east of Istanbul, after colliding with a breakwater, Yerlikaya explained to the media. He noted that search-and-rescue teams are poised to commence operations once weather conditions permit.

“The search-and-rescue operations for the 12 Turkish crew members could not be conducted,” Yerlikaya expressed his regret. “We are ready to start the operations immediately once the weather clears.”

The tumultuous weather in northwestern Turkey on Sunday also led to the disintegration of another cargo ship, the Pallada, and necessitated the evacuation of a local prison. The Cameroon-flagged Pallada, according to the Maritime General Directorate, split in two amid 5-meter (16-foot) waves after running aground off Eregli, with all 13 crew members being rescued safely.

Yilmaz Tunc, the Justice Minister, reported that inmates from Eregli’s prison were relocated to nearby facilities due to the rising water levels.

Furthermore, in Turkey’s southeastern regions, heavy rains led to fatal floods in Diyarbakir and Batman, resulting in two deaths and about 50 injuries, as stated by Yerlikaya.

Across the border in Bulgaria, strong winds and severe weather claimed two lives on Sunday and caused power outages. Emergency measures were declared in Varna, a city on the Black Sea coast.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Black Sea Storms

What caused the delay in the search for the missing crew of the Turkish cargo ship?

Severe storms in the Black Sea region hindered the search-and-rescue operations for the 12 crew members of the sunken Turkish cargo ship, Kafkametler.

Where did the Turkish cargo ship Kafkametler sink?

The Kafkametler sank off the coast of Eregli, about 200 kilometers east of Istanbul, after colliding with a breakwater.

Were there any other incidents caused by the severe storms in the region?

Yes, the storms caused the breakup of the Cameroon-flagged cargo ship Pallada and the evacuation of a prison in Eregli. Additionally, floods in southeastern Turkey led to fatalities and injuries.

What were the consequences of the storms in neighboring Bulgaria?

The storms in Bulgaria resulted in two fatalities, power outages, and the declaration of a state of emergency in the Black Sea city of Varna.

What actions are being taken following the sinking of the Kafkametler?

Search-and-rescue teams are prepared to commence operations for the missing crew as soon as weather conditions improve.

More about Black Sea Storms

  • Turkish Cargo Ship Sinking Incident
  • Black Sea Severe Weather Impact
  • Eregli Prison Evacuation and Floods in Turkey
  • Storm Effects in Bulgaria and Varna Emergency

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TomHardyFan November 20, 2023 - 9:49 am

are there any updates on the rescue mission? really hoping for some good news amidst all this.

Dave_the_Wave November 20, 2023 - 4:44 pm

read about the ship Pallada breaking in two. Can’t imagine being on board during such heavy weather!

Mike Johnson November 21, 2023 - 12:15 am

wow, this is really bad news. sad to hear about the crew and the storms, hope they can start the search soon.

JennyLovesTravel November 21, 2023 - 12:18 am

Nature’s fury is something else… these storms are getting more intense every year. climate change maybe?

SaraK November 21, 2023 - 6:21 am

its shocking how much damage these storms caused, not just in Turkey but in Bulgaria too. prayers for those affected.


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