Two seafarers injured as Panama-flagged bulker hits mine in Black Sea

A cargo ship picking up Ukrainian grain hits a Russian mine in the Black Sea near Ukraine’s Danube ports, injuring two seafarers, officials said on Thursday.

The Panama-flagged bulk carrier struck the mine as it was on its way to pick up grain in Ukrainian port, according to State Border Guard Service of Ukraine.

The ship was on its way to be loaded with grain and was blown up “by an enemy mine.”

“The ship lost speed and control, a fire broke out on the upper deck. To avoid flooding, the captain anchored the ship aground,” according to the Telegram account of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service.

As it is reported, the Coast Guard and the search and rescue service immediately assisted the crew and brought medics on board.

One wounded seafarer was treated on the spot, and the other was taken to the nearest hospital. His condition is satisfactory, as it is said.

In accordance with the latest information, tugs are directed to the vessel for removal from the ground and delivery to the port.

The Southern Defense Forces emphasized that they continue to ensure the safety of civilian navigation in the face of dense enemy mines.

Stormy weather often increases mine danger. That is why the issue of maritime demining with the support of international partnership remains relevant.