10 January 2019, 14:59

Ukrainian sailors released from Turkish hospital - Ukrainian Ambassador

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The Ukrainian sailors rescued by Turkish services were released from the hospital and will soon return to Ukraine, the Ambassador of Ukraine in Turkey, Andrii Sybiha informed.

According to him, in the morning the sailors met with the governor of Samsun city Osman Kaymk.

We express our gratitude to him and the Turkish side for the rendered highly professional assistance and sincere care.

Sailors will be delivered from the city of Samsun to Ankara, from where they will fly to Ukraine.

Reference: On the morning of January 7, 2019, the ship Volga-Balt 214, flying the flag of Panama, carrying coal from the Russian port of Azov to the Turkish port of Samsun, sank because of a large wave.

The crew began evacuating the ship, taking only rescue equipment with them. The sailors stayed in the icy water for five hours, until the Turkish rescuers found them. As a result of the incident, two people were killed, and four were considered missing.

Yesterday, January 9, Ambassador of Ukraine to Turkey Andrii Sybiha announced that Turkish rescuers had pulled the bodies of three Ukrainian sailors from the sea.