The ship's list increased at around UTC 4:00 to 30 degrees and the ship master issued a distress signal. Crew members of the tilted Elland cargo ship tried to even the vessel, but failed.
All 11 crew members consisted of 5 Turkish, 5 Georgians, and 1 Indian were evacuated by master's order. Crew members of the distressed cargo ship Elland left the ship on life boat and were later rescued by the Turkish cargo ship M.Izmir. According to initial reports they were transferred to Bulgarian rescue boat Vyara, which transported all 11 crew members of Elland to Bulgarian port Varna.
Bulgrian maritime authorities immediately dispatched a tug vessel Eliza, owned by Bon Marine International Ltd., to tow the damaged Elland cargo ship but the attempt failed due to risk of sinking. The 24,610 GT general cargo ship Elland sank at at a 50-meter depth approximately 7 n.m. off Bulgarian coast near Durankulak at 4:30 pm. on February 8th, 2014.
The area around the sunken Elland cargo ship is being monitored for oil leaks. A vessel of Bon Marine International Ltd., Enterprise is on stand-by to assist if necesarry.
photos by Orlin Tzanev