3 dead, 5 missing in sea collision off Albania

October 20, 2011 10:59

TIRANA - Three sailors died and five were missing after a Turkish merchant ship collided with a passenger ferry off the coast of Albania on Thursday, the captain of a nearby port said.

"Of the ship's 10-man crew, two are alive. We have confirmed one dead and two have been spotted lifeless (in the water). We are still looking for five others," Edmond Doraci, the Durres port captain, told Reuters.

The Reina 1 ship, owned by a Turkish businessman and flying the Maltese flag, collided with the ferry 18 miles off Durres port early in the morning on Thursday. No one on the ferry was reported hurt. The ship was heading to Montenegro's port of Bar, while the Ankara car ferry was sailing the Durres to Bari route, Doraci said.

Ahmet Bau, the Reina 1 captain, and his deputy Ahmet Saicip survived and were in Durres hospital suffering from hypothermia, a reporter in Durres told Reuters.

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