The bulk carrier Geroi Arsenala sank in the Black Sea in the early hours of April 19 near the Kerch Strait in the territorial waters of Russian-annexed Crimea, with eight of its 12 crew still missing.
The cargo ship’s crew included nine Ukrainians, two Russians, and one Georgian. As of noon of April 19, two crew members had been rescued, alive but suffering from hypothermia. Two more were found dead.
The ship, a river-sea type cargo vessel belonging to Turkish transportation company US Deepblue Shipping Inc., was heading from Russias’ Azov sea port in Rostov-On-Don Oblast to Turkey, according to the Sea Transport Workers Association of Ukraine.