Turkish cargo ship sinks off Cyprus  

Turkish general cargo vessel Murat Hacibekiroglu II sank in the Mediterranean Sea, northwest of Cyprus, on Monday, according to local media.

The 2,061 dwt cargo ship, laden with cement, sank one hour after the vessel’s master issued a distress call, stating that the engine room was taking on water.

The 1984-built cargo ship’s crew of ten reportedly managed to transfer to lifeboats and were rescued by a passing container ship, the Electra A.

No injuries to the crew or oil spills have been reported so far.

The owner of the sunken vessel is Istanbul-based Hacibekiroglu Denizcilik. 

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