Four fatalities after ships collide off the Turkish coast

A collision between a Turkish fishing boat and a Greek tanker has claimed at least 4 lives. The incident happened early in the morning on Wednesday 11 November about 30 kilometres south of the Turkish city of Adana, according to the Turkish press agency Anadolu.

The capsized fishing boat had 5 people on board, 1 of whom is still missing. 3 ships and a diving team are still searching, reports the Turkish coastguard. The cause of the collision is still unclear.

Relations between Greece and Turkey are currently strained. Athens accuses Ankara of illegally searching for gas and oil near Greek islands, while Turkey claims to have a right to do so. There have been several incidents between naval vessels of the neighbouring countries, which under international pressure have agreed to discuss the matter.

Source: ANP

Picture by the Turkish Coast Guard.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.