Sunken Shipwreck Found in Marmara Sea, Turkey

Severe weather led to the sinking of the cargo ship 'Batuhan A' off the coast of Bursa on Thursday.

Sunken Shipwreck Found in Marmara Sea, Turkey

Following the discovery of the sunken cargo ship "Batuhan A" on Friday, which had sunk a day earlier in the Sea of Marmara near Turkey's Bursa province, officials are now preparing for diving operations.

Bursa Governor Mahmut Demirtaş informed Anadolu Agency that search and rescue efforts are currently ongoing in the area.

Demirtaş stated that the wreck of the ship was located using an underwater robot and three-dimensional modeling techniques.

"The shipwreck is positioned on the seabed in a stable manner, which will facilitate our rescue efforts."

He further mentioned that diving teams will be deployed to the wreck during the day, depending on the weather conditions.

Currently, the retrieval operations involve 456 search and rescue personnel.

The "Batuhan A" cargo ship, which departed from Marmara Island in Balıkesir on Wednesday, February 14, at 8:30 p.m. (1730GMT) bound for Roda Port in Gemlik district of Bursa, sank on Thursday at 06:20 a.m. (0320GMT) off the coast of Karacabey district due to severe weather and sea conditions.

Empty lifeboats were discovered during the search and rescue operations carried out by multiple institutions in search of the six missing crew members.


Abdulkadir ŞEKER

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