A Turkish fishing boat has capsized after colliding with a Greek-flagged tanker off Turkey”s Mediterranean coast, officers mentioned.

4 individuals on board the boat have been killed whereas one different particular person is reported lacking.

The collision occurred at 05:50 (03:50 CET) on Wednesday between the Polatbey fishing boat and the Greek-flagged Ephesus, round 15 nautical miles off the coast of Karataş district, in Adana province.

The reason for the incident was not instantly identified.

The Turkish coast guard says a search-and-rescue operation was launched shortly after communications with the boat was misplaced.

Three coast guard boats and a staff of divers are concerned within the search.

The authorities had recovered 4 our bodies and have been nonetheless trying to find a fifth particular person, the Adana governor’s workplace mentioned in a statement.

The governor’s workplace has additionally paid respects to these killed within the collision and have despatched condolences to their kinfolk

Tensions between Greece and Turkey within the jap Mediterranean have been hostile for a number of months.

Greece beforehand accused Ankara of undermining efforts to ease a disaster over drilling rights in disputed waters. MEPs have additionally urged the European Union to impose punitive measures on Turkey.

In the meantime final month, a Portuguese cargo ship collided with a Greek warship off the coast of Piraeus, a significant port close to Athens.

Two crew members of the Greek warship have been “barely injured” within the incident and the captain of the Portuguese vessel was arrested.

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