September 6 2016
At 11 am, the vessel, after having left the marina, was cruising near the coast, when it was hit by heavy rainfall and strong winds. The bad weather forced crew to change course and try to return to the pier.
Unfortunately the traditional sailboat capsized and sank.
All the passengers were thrown into the water - all of them were wearing their life jackets - and most of them were rescued by the nearby coast guards, yachts and fishermen.
Marine and harbor teams rescued 84 people and found the bodies of two people missing.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way.
The Kurt-C is a traditional wood sailboat, Turkey-flagged, with length of 24.00 m, beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m. Its gross tonnage is 77 GRT.
The Kurt C is operated by 3 crew and has capacity up to 100 passengers.