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Cargo ship breaks in half in Black Sea

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By Robert Hackwill
Cargo ship breaks in half in Black Sea

Eleven sailors have been rescued from a spectacular shipwreck of a dry cargo vessel in the Black Sea off Turkey’s northwest coast.

The Mongolian flag-carrying Leonardo, 114 meters long, started buckling and broke in two while at anchor off Istanbul’s Kilyos coast.

Half of the ship was beached by tugboats, while the remainder is in the water gradually sinking.

Turkish media reports said the ship, constructed in 1975, was going to Istanbul’s Tuzla dockyard for repairs.