RUSSIA SHIP FIRE: DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO 11 IN KERCH STRAIT

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Russia’s Federal Agency of Maritime and River Transport said on Monday that at least eleven people were killed after two ships caught fire in the Kerch Strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.

Russia’s press service was quoted by the Sputnik news agency as saying that the latest data indicates that 12 people are still alive, while 11 have passed away.

Previous reports showed that 10 people were found dead and 14 others were rescued.

A total of 31 sailors, including Turkish and Indian nationals, were reportedly on board the two Tanzania-flagged LNG tankers.

According to preliminary information, an explosion occurred on one of the vessels and set it on fire, which spread to the other ship.

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