Container ship Yusuf Cepnioglu hits rocks off Greek island - VIDEO

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The Turkish-flagged container ship, "Yusuf Cepnioglu" ran aground near the Greek island of Mykonos, 2 days ago. 14 crew members were successfully rescued from the sinking vessel. The boxship (6,928-deadweight tonne) was at anchor at a port in the city of Izmir and was sailing to Tunisia. Yusuf Cepnioglu was reported sinking on the northwestern shore of Mykonos at 03:30 GMT on Saturday morning. 12 of the people aboard the boxship were rescued by coast guard boats, the rest of the crew had to be airlifted by a helicopter which was dispatched to the location of the incident. No injuries were reported.

The container ship "Yusuf Cepnioglu" was carrying 204 containers and ran aground because its engine room took on water. Apparently the ship was damaged and near the location of the incident has been reported marine pollution. The Captain and the Chief Mate of the ship did not want to abandon the ship Yusuf Cepnioglu. The situation of the boxship worsened and the Greek Coast Guard requested assistance from the USS Bataan. The U.S. vessel sent a helicopter and rescue swimmers to the location of the incident in order to pick up the 2 remaining sailors. After the captain and the chief mate were successfully evacuated they received medical help onboard the USS Bataan and then were transported to the Hellenic Coast Guard.

It is believed that the ballast tank of the vessel sustained damage because of that the container ship Yusuf Cepnioglu is taking on water. Video below shows how the vessel is listing heavily along the coastline. An investigation about the incident with Yusuf Cepnioglu is started by the Greek Navy Accident Investigation Service.