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MOSCOW, January 7. /TASS/. Two people died and four were missing on Monday after a ship carrying coal sent a distress signal off the northern coast of Turkey, Reuters reported on Monday referring to the coast guard of Turkey and a representative of local authorities.

According to the agency, there were 13 crew members were on the bulk carrier including nine Ukraine nationals, two Azerbaijan nationals and two Russians.

“The Panama-flagged vessel, which departed from Russia’s Azov port, sent out a distress signal around 148 kilometers (92 miles) off the northeastern Black Sea province of Samsun, the coast guard said,” Reuters wrote.

The coast guard said the distress signal was received regarding a “possible sinking” of the ship.

According to Reuters, seven members of the crew had been rescued so far while a search and rescue operation continued for the other four using a plane, two helicopters and two boats.

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