Rescue operation continues after Turkish ferry sinks

Teams of divers and helicopters with night vision cameras are continuing to search for survivors after a ferry carrying around 150 people sank off the Black Sea coast of Turkey. The roll-on, roll-off vessel, which also had 75 vehicles on board, had left the port of Bandirma and was heading for Istanbul.

Emergency teams and local fisherman pulled 72 people from the water after the ferry went down just 300 metres from the shore. Most of the passengers jumped into the sea but authorities fear others may have been inside their vehicles at the time.

A 41-year-old man has been confirmed dead while 28 people have been taken to hospital. Around 30 people are still missing. It is being claimed locally that faulty loading procedures or shifting cargo may have caused the sinking. The ship’s captain is being questioned by police.

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