In the morning of Ocober 8, 2014, the “Fortuna S” general cargo ship, en route from Giurgiuleşti and carrying 2,650 tonnes of salt to Syria, ran aground and sank in the Sulina seaway, Romania, the Black Sea.
The ship collided with the south pier and suffered extensive water ingress.
The helicopter evacuation of the crew was hampered by a storm and strong waves, but eventually, the rescue team dispatched from Tuzla naval base managed to pluck the crew of nine Syrians, one Romanian, and two ship’s pilots from the sinking vessel.
The crew were transported to shore and put under the care of the Port Master of Sulina, who arranged for them to be taken to a hospital for medical treatment.
No injuries have been reported up to now.