Saudi-Bound Ship Carrying 14,600 Sheep Capsizes Off Romania

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Rescuers were struggling Sunday to save 14,600 sheep loaded on a cargo ship that capsized in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania.

The Queen Hind bound for Saudi Arabia overturned for yet unknown reasons shortly after leaving Romania’s Midia port.

The crew — 20 Syrians and one Lebanese national — were rescued along with 32 sheep. Rescuers yesterday continued to try to tilt back the Palau-flagged vessel and tow it to the dock less than a kilometre (mile) away, battling stormy weather and rough seas.

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No one has been able to board the vessel and check its hold but photos and video footage distributed showed bodies of sheep pressed against openings along the side of the ship and dozens floating in the sea near the ship.

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