(MENAFN) On Wednesday, a Guinea-Bissau flagged cargo ship named Joe 2 sank off the coast of Kumluca in Antalya province, Turkey's Mediterranean coast. The ship had 14 crew members on board, all of whom were Syrian nationals. Unfortunately, at least three of them died and nine are still missing. Five people were rescued while efforts continued to find the other missing crew members. The ship was transporting aluminum, according to the state-run Anadolu Agency.
The cause of the ship sinking is currently unknown, and an investigation has been launched by the chief prosecutor’s office for Kumluca. The Turkish Coast Guard Command received a distress call at 3:47 a.m. and dispatched a vessel, several boats, and two helicopters. Two crew members were rescued by the coast guard helicopters, while three others were saved by other vessels in the area. The rescue efforts were being hampered by a storm, Anadolu reported.
The incident highlights the dangers faced by seafarers, who work in some of the most challenging and hazardous conditions. The maritime industry is vital to the global economy, with cargo ships transporting goods across the world's oceans. However, the risks of working at sea are significant, with seafarers facing a range of hazards, including storms, piracy, and accidents.
The sinking of the Joe 2 is a tragedy, and our thoughts are with the families of those affected. It is essential that the cause of the incident is thoroughly investigated to understand what happened and to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. The maritime industry must continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of seafarers, ensuring that they have the training, equipment, and support they need to carry out their work safely and effectively.
As the search for the missing crew members continues, we hope that the rescue efforts will be successful and that all of the crew members will be found safe and well. Meanwhile, the incident serves as a reminder of the risks faced by seafarers and the importance of ensuring their safety and well-being.
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