VIDEO: Dramatic Rescue After Cargo Ship Grounds Near Istanbul

By, Mike Schuler

REFILE – ADDING BYLINE INFORMATION A cargo ship runs aground near Sile in Istanbul, Turkey, December 19, 2018. Akin Celiktas/Dogan News Agency via REUTERS

Turkish emergency crews have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship which ran aground near Istanbul on Wednesday.

The Comoros-flagged ship, named Natalia, ran aground in heavy seas early Wednesday while en route to Istanbul from Russia, according to reports.

Due to the conditions, rescuers were forced to evacuate the crew to shore using a breeches buoy in an operation that lasted several hours.

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