Russian sailors said “dasvidaniya ” to their spy ship Thursday morning as it sank off the Turkish coast.
The Liman — a Russian Navy reconnaissance ship — collided in the Black Sea with the Youzarsif H freighter carrying livestock, the Turkish coastal safety authority said.
Turkish officials said the crash happened because of fog and low visibility.
The Russian Defense Ministry told local news agencies that the ship had a large hole in it following the incident, which happened 25 miles north of the Bosphorus Strait — a major shipping channel that connects the Black and Mediterranean seas.
All 78 Russian crew members were rescued from the Liman, officials said.
Sailors tried in vain to keep the ship — a former research vessel converted for surveillance purposes — afloat after colliding with the freighter, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
With News Wire Services