13 ships suffered during storm, out of them 5 sank and 8 ran aground

15:12, 13 November 2007
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The Emergency Minister disclosed information to journalists

13 ships suffered as a result of the natural disaster on November 10-11. Out of them 5 sank and 8 ran aground.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Emergency Minister of Ukraine Nestor Shufrych claimed this at a session on liquidation of disaster consequences in Berdyansk.

Nine ships, a plane, and three helicopters of the Emergency Ministry, the State Frontier Guard Service, and the Kerch Sea Port, were involved in the rescue works, the Minister noted.

64 crew members were saved, 4 bodies were found, the destiny of 19 sailors remains unknown.

According to the information of N.Shufrych, the majority of accidents took place in the Kerch Strait, where, despite the storm alert, there were nearly 150 ships.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the “Volzhsky -139” tanker broke in two in the Kerch Strait at a range of about 6 miles from the coast spilling 1200 tonnes of fuel oil. There are no victims among the crew.

The dry cargo “Volnogirsk” loaded with about 2 thousand 100 tonnes of sulfur sank by the Kerch port. The crew members were drifting on the life raft in the Kerch Strait, boats of the Border Service of Ukraine rushed to its help.

The Ukrainian vessel “Vira Voloshyna” ran aground near the Kapsel Bay (Sudak) with 18 crew members on board. Besides, 2 barges loaded with black oil ran aground by the Tuzla Island.

Many settlements of Crimea were blackout. On November 11 and November 12 overnight as a consequence of worsening of weather conditions (strong precipitations as sleet, rain and wind gusts sometimes of 30-35 m/s) and active power line protection automation 2 thousand 360 settlements were left without power in 16 regions of Ukraine and in the AR of Crimea. In Berdyansk the storm caused underflooding of above 80 houses.


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