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Miracle Rescue: Divers Save Trapped Crew Who Survived In Air Pocket On Capsized Ship

PortandTerminal.com, October 19, 2020

ISTANBUL – Turkish rescue divers saved a crewmember of a fishing vessel who was trapped in an air pocket when the boat capsized off Samatya, Istanbul. 

Capsized fishing boat
Istanbul’s local government reported that the fishing vessel Kumsal-55 capsized about one mile off Samatya Beach, Istanbul on October 10.

Istanbul’s local government reported that the fishing vessel Kumsal-55 capsized about one mile off Samatya Beach, Istanbul on October 10.

According to a survivor, Abdullah Çelik, the fishing boat flipped while attempting to hoist a fully-laden net and its catch over the side. When it capsized, several of the 13 crew members were trapped underneath or inside. 11 were rescued, including Çelik, but two did not survive. 

The vessel’s cook, Cemal Agabey, was belowdecks at the time of the casualty and was trapped in an air-filled compartment within the hull. After about four hours, rescue divers found him and helped him swim out to safety. 

“I congratulate our Coast Guard Command who saved Cemal Agabey and 10 fishermen with a breathtaking rescue operation on the fishing boat that capsized in the morning hours in Kumkapi,” said Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya in a statement. 

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