Motorists travelling along a road on the Bosphorus Coast in Turkey now have to face another hazard apart from those they usually experience.
GV: ship aground on coast near Istanbul, Turkey.
CU: ships bows embedded in concrete roadway TILT UP Bows
GV AND CU: traffic driving around bow of ship. (2 shots)
CU AND GV: ship stuck in roadway. (3 shots)
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Background: Motorists travelling along a road on the Bosphorus Coast in Turkey now have to face another hazard apart from those they usually experience.
SYNOPSIS: The hazard is a Soviet fishing ship of more than 4,000 tons which ran aground in the early hours of Friday morning (10 June). The ship which was identified as the "Van Gogh" was passing through the Bosphorus from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean when the accident happened. Turkish authorities said the ship's captain had refused to have a pilot for the trip through the strait.
The ship has come to rest with its bows embedded several feet into a road along the coast, and driers have to take care when rounding the new hazard.
Ships are not obliged to have a pilot for the trip through the ??? provided they undertake the trip at their own risk. On Friday morning there was a fog across the straits and the Turks said they had asked the captain of the "Van Gogh" to slow down, but he apparently did not comply. The amount of damage has not yet been determined. At last report, the Soviet captain had not asked for help to free his ship.