13:41 11 Mar 2021

Accident off Romanian coast: Foreign Ministry confirms the death of two Ukrainian sailors, one is still searched for

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine confirmed that the ship Volgo Balt 179 with 13 Ukrainians on board sank off the coast of Romania.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko announced this on Twitter.

"The ship Volgo Balt 179 with 13 Ukrainians on board sank off the coast of Romania. 10 sailors were rescued, 2 were deceased, the search for 1 person is underway," Nikolenko wrote.

The consuls went to the port of Constanța to coordinate the rescue operation and provide consular assistance.

Hotline for relatives: +4021230366010, as reported by a Foreign Ministry spokesperson.


According to Ukrinform, a Volgo Balt 179 dry cargo ship carrying 13 Ukrainians sank in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania. According to Offshore Engineer, Romanian company Grup Servicii Petroliere (GSP), which provides offshore integrated services to the oil and gas industry, said its GSP Falcon received a distress signal from the cargo ship at 4:40 a.m. local time.

According to the Romanian website Playtech, a cargo ship bound for the Romanian port of Constanța sank 70 nautical miles off the Black Sea coast, most likely due to a very strong storm.

The Romanian company said the ship's crew comprised 13 people, "12 men and a woman, all citizens of Ukraine."

Grup Servicii Petroliere currently rescued 10 people who are in the hospital of the GSP Falcon ship and receive the necessary assistance. However, two people died. Another crew member hasn't been found yet, and the rescue operation continues. After the rescue operation, the company will deliver the rescued sailors to the port of Constanța.

According to VesselsValue, the Volgo Balt 179 was built in 1973, and its current commercial controller is the Russian company Seatrans Consulting. At the same time, the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport of the Russian Federation denied the information that the ship was Russian.

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