At Istanbul, the Turkish cruise ship Marmara sank today (Sunday) after being swept by fire.?
At Istanbul, the Turkish cruise ship Marmara sank today (Sunday) after being swept by fire. The 6,342 ton ship had anchored in Istanbul's Golden Horn for routine maintenance work when the fire broke out.
The fire was first noticed shortly before dawn. Fire-fighting ships made massive efforts to save the ship but she eventually heeled over and sank. Cameraman Necdet Isler was on hand to film the last hours of the Marmara.
SYNOPSIS: A dawn fire drama in Istanbul on Sunday, where flames swept through a six-thousand ton Turkish cruise ship Marmara. Firemen mounted a major eight-hour operation in an effort to prevent the flames from spreading.
On the quayside, the Marmara's Captain Kamil Gunay watched the battle to save his ship. But despite the massive efforts of fire-fighting ships, the Marmara eventually heeled over and started to sink.
The fire was first spotted in the early hours of Sunday morning, after the ship had tied up in Istanbul's Golden Horn for routine maintenance work. There were no immediate reports about the cause of the blaze.
Three people were reported to be aboard the ship at the time the fire started. But they all got off safely. There were ??? casualties among the firemen, either. After blazing fiercely for eight hours, the cruise liner finally settled on her side on the harbour bottom.