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2 dead after ship sinks off Turkey’s coast

The file photo shows the Panama-flagged ship Lady Leyla setting off from the southern port of Mersin, Turkey. (Photo by AFP)

Two crew members have been found dead and another four were missing after a Panama-flagged cargo ship sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, officials say.

"The total number of crew members rescued alive is seven and our teams have found the bodies of two. Our rescue efforts continue," the governor's office of the northern Turkish province of Samsun said on Twitter.

The governorate had earlier said there were 13 crew members, including nine Ukrainians, two Azerbaijanis and two Russians.

The ship, which departed from Russia's Azov port, encountered trouble 80 nautical miles from Samsun province and had sent a distress call at 8:10 a.m. (0510 GMT). The cause of the incident was not given.

A plane, four helicopters and several rescue boats were on hand to find the missing crew, the governor's office said in a separate statement.

(Source: Agencies)

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