Ships in deadly collision off Italy coast

Two people dead after two merchant ships collide in rough seas off Italian Adriatic coast.

    Ships in deadly collision off Italy coast
    Rescuers say they have saved four of the crew members on board the Turkish vessel that sank [EPA]

    Two people have drowned and some others were missing at sea after two merchant ships collided in rough seas off the Italian Adriatic coast, the Italian coastguard has said.

    A Turkish ship sank after colliding with a vessel carrying a Belize flag in poor visibility about a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna, a coastguard official said on Sunday.

    Rescuers have saved four of the 11 crew members aboard the Turkish ship and have located and are trying to assist four others, the coastguard said.

    He said the cause of the collision had not yet been determined, and that the Coast Guard was concentrating on rescue
    efforts.

    Strong winds and choppy seas were complicating the search mission.


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