A Russian naval intelligence vessel sank off Turkey’s Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock.
All 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said.
The Russian ship Liman sank in the Black Sea following a collision with Youzarsif H, a Togo-flagged livestock freighter. At the time it sank, the ship carried a crew of 78, all of whom were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard. They were transferred to the Russian cargo ship Ulus Star.
A spokesman for Hammami Livestock which owns the Youzarsif H said:
“It is considered a slight hit, for us, we don’t know our losses yet, but thank God there is no loss of life – neither from our side nor from the other ship.”
In a twist of fate, this came days after the Russian Embassy mocked the safety and reliability of the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Daring on Twitter after it entered the Black Sea.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) April 26, 2017