Athens - A cargo ship sank early on Thursday morning in international waters at about 30 nautical miles west of Crete, with three Russian seamen reported missing, as daily To Vima online reports.
The Coast Guard was informed of the Tongan cargo vessel’s distress signal via satellite in the early hours of Thursday morning and promptly launched a rescue operation. The Coast Guard’s Command Center has contacted five other nearby commercial vessels to assist, while a Coast Guard craft and Super Puma helicopter head out to the area. One of the commercial vessels assisting in the Coast Guard operation reported that it has rescued four seamen, all of whom are in good health.
The four seamen reported that three of their colleagues who were with them when their ship sunk were still at sea. At present it has not been determined what caused the cargo ship to sink, whether it was loaded with cargo and where it was headed.