April 27, 2017 / 11:53 AM / 3 months ago

Togo-flagged ship collides with Russian vessel, 78 evacuated - Turkish official

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Russian Navy's reconnaissance ship Liman of the Black Sea fleet sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, October 21, 2016.Murad Sezer/Files

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Togo-flagged ship collided with a Russian intelligence vessel near Turkey's Black Sea Coast on Thursday, and some 78 crew members had been evacuated from the Russian ship, a Turkish coastal safety official told Reuters.

Broadcaster NTV said earlier the Russian vessel collided with a ship carrying livestock. The Turkish official did not give any details on the Togo-flagged ship, or the condition of its crew.

Reporting by Can Sezer; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Dominic Evans

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