Posted on March 14, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Turkish General Cargo ship, Yusuf Celal, sank after running aground in the Marmara Sea, Turkey in the evening of March the 13th.
The incident occurred near Topagac, Bandirna, some 60 meters off Marmara Island.
The Yusuf Celal was loaded with a shipment of gravel when it encountered stormy seas and was dragged ashore as a result of the adverse weather conditions.
It ran aground in the shallow waters near the island’s southern coast and immediately suffered a number of extensive hull breaches, that resulted in considerable water ingress.
She proceeded to sink, her bow resting on the sea floor, with only the superstructure and stern positioned above the waterline.
All nine members of crew proceeded to gather at the engine room and were evacuated with the assistance of local residents and the Turkish Coast Guard.
Thankfully, there were no major injuries to the crew in the process, but one seafarer required medical assistance and was taken by ambulance to the Balikesir State Hospital for admittance.
The rest of the crew are considered healthy and safe and have already been transferred inland.
Following the incident, local maritime authorities took measures to prevent the possible fuel contamination of the surrounding region.