Ten sailors dead, 14 saved after two ships catch fire near Crimea

22 January 2019

Ten crew members have been found dead and 14 have been rescued after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Russia's transport ministry said on Monday. The ministry said earlier on Monday that crew members were jumping into the sea to escape the blaze, which probably broke out during a ship-to-ship fuel transhipment.

Both ships were under the Tanzanian flag and had a combined total of 31 crew members. 16 of them were Turkish citizens and 15 from India. An industry source told Reuters there were stormy conditions in the sea when the incident happened. a rescue operation is still underway.