Freighter sinks after hitting Greek islets, all 16 crew rescued

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ATHENS, Aug 28 (Reuters) – A Togo-flagged cargo ship sank on Saturday after hitting Greek islets in the Aegean Sea but all 16 crew were rescued, the Greek coast guard said.

The freighter Sea Bird, which sailed from Ukraine and was bound for Tunisia, sent a distress signal after sailing into rocky islets in the southwestern Aegean Sea, the coast guard said in a statement.

Nearby vessels rescued all 16 Syrian crew, a coast guard official said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the accident.

Three anti-pollution vessels have rushed to the scene to check whether there was any leaking from the freighter, the coast guard added.

(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Photo – (File) A ship is seen amid clouds in the sunset in Sani, Chalkidiki, Greece, 11 June 2021. EPA-EFE/DIMITRIS TOSIDIS