Cargo Ship Splits in Two Off Turkey


A 40-year-old general cargo ship broke in two in the Black Sea off Turkey on Sunday.

All 11 crew members were rescued by Turkish authorities and are reported safe.

The 114-meter Mongolian-flagged MV Leonardo started buckling and broke in two while at anchor off Istanbul’s Kilyos coast.

The forward half of ship was towed to shore by tugboats, while the aft began sinking and later ran aground along the rocky coastline, video showed.

Turkish media said the ship, which was built in 1975, was headed to Istanbul’s Tuzla dockyard for repairs.

Some video from the incident is below:

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